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- Aftercare for Donors
- I want to start by saying that each of us is different. We handle things in different ways, with different people and donors, obviously. I know also that there are many different kinds of vampires and what works the best for one kind of donor may not work at all for another kind of donor. There is a triple antibiotic ointment to help a psi donor after the affair has been completed.
- Blood: How Much is Too Much
- For some blood drinkers there is no such thing as too much blood. However, However, there is such a thing as giving too much blood. It is important for blood drinkers to be aware of how much blood they are taking from a donor and at what level blood loss causes health problems.
- Bloodletting for New Donors
- This article is written with an eye for the donors who don't want to have pain (or at least not huge amounts of pain) associated with feeding a vampire. This will be especially applicable for donors who are more "vanilla" (don't have pain-associated fetishes, for example), are more sensitive than usual to pain, or who are more nervous/less experienced (and more likely to be driven away by a bad/painful experience.)
- Bloodletting Tools
- As with all bloodletting implements, it's best if you know the safe locations to use them, or more specifically, the locations NOT to use them. A copy of Gray's Anatomy or any other decent medical anatomy book will show you the locations of the major arteries and other things to avoid. Some bookstores will let you "browse before you buy", or failing that in your area, perhaps your local library will have a copy of something applicable that you can browse. You can also use Gray's Anatomy Online if you cant' afford (or can't find) a good medical anatomy book local to you.
- Due to the nature of this information, I really can't tell you what TO do, but I can give basic safety information and tell you what NOT to do. So that is what follows. Also the Disclaimer for Idiots:
- Choosing and Working With Donors
- For those who identify themselves as vampires, a donor is often the key to general health and comfort. Without the blood and/or energy from a donor a vampire’s quality of life might suffer and they sometimes don’t feel as well as they could. Hence, it is important that the donor is respected.
- Donor-Vamp Contracts
- Some people disagree with the idea of a "contract" since it makes things too formal, or puts things on paper that perhaps shouldn't be, or even because it sounds idiotic to have a contract done for this type of situation.
- Donor/Vampire Relations 101
- Be honest about what you need, want or expect. "Mixed signals" result in miss. Understand that for some, feeding IS an erotic or intimate thing, and they may not be able to separate that when feeding from or donating to someone new.
- Donors and Vampires Guide to Negotiations
- In every relationship there is a process, a time period when we learn about each other and what the expectations both parties hold for the relationship. The process for Vampires and Donors is no different then any other relationship, yet there are some questions and issues that should be discussed between the vampire and donor that are a little more complex.
- Donors & Vampires: My Advice to You
- Because of the nature of the subject, this article is intended for individuals who are 18 years of age & over.
- To satisfy the Thirst completely, for the time being one must drink blood (providing that you are a sanguinarian, of course). Note, though, I do not condone the drinking of blood! If I didn't think I had to, I wouldn't for safety and sanity, and so I say that you, reader, as well... if you don't absolutely have to, DON'T! To drink it one must find it. This can prove difficult. One must watch closely the people they drink from, to protect against disease, and one must first find them. My donors have all been trusted friends who either I told or they figured out what I was. Good friends are often the best people to go to, both because you can (usually) trust them, and its a lot easier to ask for a Drink from someone you know well rather then a stranger. Like Coming Out of the Coffin, the best people to ask are those who seem open minded. Though in terms of looking for a donor there are some people to avoid. I have noticed that people with significant others (not yourself) often make bad donors, mostly for emotional reasons. Though the drinking may not be an erotic occasion for you, this may not be well understood and difficult to explain to a donor's significant other. It can lead to some nasty misunderstandings, and often accusations of cheating and betrayal. So, unless the potential donor's significant other is completely alright with it, I wouldn't go there. ANYONE under the age of 18 is a definite no-no. You are marking a person, cutting them to get blood. Anyone under 18 is a minor and cannot legally give permission for this to be done, no matter how "mature" they are, it can lead to imprisonment and legal dung up to your armpits. Very bad thing.
- Eligibility & Blood Testing on Mundane Donations
- These are the blood tests done on blood given at a donation center such as the Red Cross. Please note that the primary emphasis on these tests are to determine whether the donor has an infectious disease that's transmissible via blood transfusion, and what blood type the person is (to avoid blood typing problems later) - not the person's general health status (which is better served by a "CBC w/differential" and a "chem20" or "complete metabolic" and other testing done by your primary physician.)
- How to Keep Your Donor Safe
- We hope that the sanguins protect their donors as much as we expect our donors to protect us. Some of it is common sense, but these are my "Big Ten":
- Overview of Mundane Blood Donation Process
- Apheresis, an increasingly common procedure, is the process of removing a specific component of the blood, such as plasma, and returning the remaining components to the donor. During apheresis, blood is drawn from one arm and pumped through a machine that separates out a specific component, such as platelets. The rest of the blood is then returned through a vein in the other arm.
- Overview of Selected Bloodborne Diseases
- When dealing with blood or other body fluids, there are typical precautions against unwanted and unintentional contact that all medical staff follow. Even if you are not in a medical career yourself, learning these precautions will be useful for situations when you don't want to run the risk of disease transmission. These include:
- Tips for Donors
- The term donor is used to describe someone who provides blood (or pranic energy) on their own free will without being coerced. It is important that donors recognize any situations that may place them in danger or threaten their health.