Can We Guess If You Donate Blood?

By: Zoe Samuel

Can We Guess If You Donate Blood?
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About This Quiz

Some superheroes shoot plasma from their hands, like Captain Marvel. Others give it through a needle, out of their veins, like every hero who has ever donated blood. Giving blood is one of those ways that an ordinary person can make an amazing difference, as blood banks are able to store up all of the essential blood types to be ready for people undergoing surgery, or suffering from traumatic injuries. We tend to forget, in our flashy modern age, what a miracle it is that an injured person can simply show up at a hospital and assume that it will be equipped with blood taken from other humans and refrigerated, and that they will be given as much of it as they need. It is one of the great triumphs of modern medicine.

Still, not everyone can give blood. If you have a communicable disease, you are on certain medications or you suffer from anemia and other disorders, you may be officially or unofficially banned from giving--or at least, you will only give when the recipient is you, and you're giving for your own upcoming surgery. Indeed, if you have low iron, you may find giving blood puts you to sleep for a whole weekend and makes you feel absolutely awful. In this case, it's probably wise to avoid it. However, most eligible donors can give blood and need nothing more but a nice little rest and a couple of cookies to recover--and best of all, their body will make more blood, so they can return in a little while and do it again!  Can we figure out if you are among them?

Where do you work most days?
Office
Construction site
Out in the field
Theater

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Have you ever bled a lot, and if so, how did you feel afterward?
Yes, but I was fine.
Yes. I felt a bit sick.
No, that has never happened to me.
Yes, and I felt wretched for a week.

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Do you have any medical training?
Yes, plenty
I know first aid.
None at all
No, but I have dealt with a sick relative long enough to pick up some stuff.

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Have you ever received blood?
Yes. I am very grateful.
No, but a relative has.
No. I don't even believe the stuff they give you is really blood.
No, but I feel happy knowing it is there.

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Are you a registered organ donor?
Of course - I filled in a form.
No, but my relatives know to go ahead.
No, I would never do that.
I don't think they'd want my organs, but they can have them if so.

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If you see someone passed out on the side of the road, what do you do?
Pull over and help them myself - I know what to do!
Call for help
Drive on - I know that scam!
Pull over and call for help

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Do you have any religious issues with organ donation?
Nope. I'm dead, who cares what happens to me?
It's icky, but that's a dumb reason not to do it.
Yes, it's unholy and evil.
No, as long as there is consent, it's fine.

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Do you secretly fantasize about saving a life?
All the time
No more than is normal
No, I hate people.
Sometimes!

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Are you the number one carer for any kids or elders?
Nope, everyone is grown up or healthy.
Yes, but I'm part of a big support network and get plenty of breaks.
No, I don't like that sort of thing.
Yes, I am the point person so it's all on me.

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How do you get around your city or town?
Walk, mostly, but there are always cabs.
Bus
Drive
Bike

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Are you currently training for a marathon or anything similar?
No, but I already did one.
Yes! It'll be my third.
I don't have time for that.
I don't have the body for that.

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Can you sit still for 30 minutes without getting antsy?
Sure, I just read a book.
If I have a podcast on
No, that's forever.
Sure, I'd probably doze off.

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How scary are needles to you?
I don't care.
I don't love them, but I don't hate them.
They terrify me.
They are a little creepy, I guess.

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Last time you were in an ambulance, why were you there?
I was the EMT.
I was helping a relative.
I was at death's door!
I had a medical issue.

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How good is the health care available to you?
A top of the line universal health care system
A very good private insurance policy
No coverage is available to me.
Adequate insurance policy

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As far as you are aware, what is the maximum a person can make per month for donating blood and/or plasma?
That's not the point!
About $300
Nothing, they stopped paying for that.
Probably $50

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Do you know your blood type?
Yes, and whether I am rhesus positive or negative
Yes, though not the rhesus positive or negative
No idea
I think so.

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Do you know anyone who has ever needed blood in an emergency?
Yes, more than one person
I'm sure I do, though nobody has mentioned it!
No
Yes, one person

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Which blood type is the universal recipient?
AB
O
I don't know.
Either A or B

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Have you ever survived a major health issue that could have killed you?
No, I am fit as a fiddle!
Yes, but I am totally fine now.
I think all health issues could be The One.
Yes, more than one

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Might you want to be pregnant in the next 12 months?
Nope
Probably not
It could happen.
Yes, please

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Are you from an area where mad cow disease is prevalent?
No, and I'm a vegetarian anyway.
No
What is that? Do I have it? How do I know?
Yes, but I don't think it's an issue.

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What do you do for a living?
Education
Marketing
Finance
Arts

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Can you afford to get a nice juicy steak (or its vegetarian equivalent) for dinner?
Yes, many times
As a rare treat, sure (pun intended!)
Yes, but I don't want to waste money.
No, I'm broke.

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What is the worst injury you've ever had?
Broken bone, but only a minor one
Organ damage
Bumped knee
I have had all of the injuries. It's a miracle I'm here.

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How many times have you had to have surgery in your life?
1
3
0
5 or more

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Do you have to look a certain way for your job (eg actor)?
No, thankfully
No, though I guess it helps to look good.
No, but I like to look good.
Yes, my fortune is my face!

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Be honest: How selfish are you?
Not at all
Average, I think
Other people exist to make my life better.
Below average

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Do you believe in karma?
Yes
Once in a while I have a moment where I do.
No
Maybe

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How are your iron levels these days?
Off the charts
Average
I don't know.
Low

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