I used to donate regularly, but I don't think any of us should donate any blood. Even if lyme isn't spread that way, (and NO reason to believe it can't -- that's exactly how the tick caught it - sucking others' blood) too big a risk of co-infections and viruses. Eventually, tho, I will look into having blood drawn for myself only. I know you can do this before an operation, but not sure if you can do it at any time.
Look at it this way: if you can donate blood for yourself only, you are still helping to stock the blood. It's that much less they will need for you if the need arises.
Bit 1972: Acute and chronic tonsillitis, UTI, miscarraige, appendicitis, hypoglycemia, chronic neck pain w/ crushed vertibrae, chronic severe back pain, mitral valve prolapse, depression, resolution?
Bit Mother's Day 2007: Lyme, Babesia microti, hypothyroidism, EBV, HHV6, Parvovirus B19, low adrenals &misc other hormones, depression, anxiety, more of the above.