Mix up

By Bd Grndp - 05/05/2022 14:00

Today, as part of my grandad's great struggle to return to the 1960's, he tried to refuse a lifesaving blood transfusion until the nurse could confirm the blood hadn't been donated by anyone who was black, brown, chinese or asian, and so on. My dad is black and I'm half black, so I suspect he doesn't like me either. FML
I agree, your life sucks 928
You deserved it 86

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If I were that nurse/doctor I'd inform him that 1. there's no difference in blood based on the ethnic or racial origin of the donor. 2. That information is generally not available and 3. If he wants to refuse the blood transfusion on such grounds that its his medical right, but that he won't survive that decision, and leave it at that. If he wants to let his racism cost him his own life, that's his choice. Sorry your grandfather is such a terrible person.

I'm a nurse and there is no way for a nurse to find the donor's records--they arrive from the blood bank with lots of numbers only. I suppose the donor could be traced, in case of a weird reaction, but the blood would be expired by then. If your grandad is getting Alzheimer's or somehow is not able to make decisions, may I suggest he have a health care directive so someone sensible can make decisions.

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Maybe he'll get to be on the US Supreme Court. They're always in the market for some backwards-looking bigots.

Lol funny how people downvote but this is true.

People’s lines on race - or other forms of bigotry - can be really weird. It’s possible he’s fine with you being biracial but doesn’t care to have a different race’s blood in him. It’s confusing, but then again, so is racism. People need to just let go of racism and find other ways to judge people, like by outward signs of the choices we make. Looking at you, people who sweeten their iced tea.

If I were that nurse/doctor I'd inform him that 1. there's no difference in blood based on the ethnic or racial origin of the donor. 2. That information is generally not available and 3. If he wants to refuse the blood transfusion on such grounds that its his medical right, but that he won't survive that decision, and leave it at that. If he wants to let his racism cost him his own life, that's his choice. Sorry your grandfather is such a terrible person.

Too bad I can only upvote your comment once. I wouldn't have wanted my donated blood to go to someone like that even if I did fit their twisted racial profiling.

I'm a nurse and there is no way for a nurse to find the donor's records--they arrive from the blood bank with lots of numbers only. I suppose the donor could be traced, in case of a weird reaction, but the blood would be expired by then. If your grandad is getting Alzheimer's or somehow is not able to make decisions, may I suggest he have a health care directive so someone sensible can make decisions.

I bet the nurse told him it was "clean" just to get him to shut up.