The worst experience of my life. I will never do it again.
I was fine when they were taking the blood outta my body, and then after they took the needle out, I started getting dizzy and light headed and I almost passed out, then I threw up. Oh yeah, thats grea isnt it. I never thought it would be that bad.
My boyfriend told me not to do it, and people were questioning if I even weighed 110lbs, but I thought I did, so I donated my blood. I did it because its for a good cause and I like to do things like that and help out people who need it.
Everyone keeps telling me I look pale. Sheesh, what a day!
Has anyone had that happen to them before? Whats your story of donating blood?
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I used o get headaches after donating blood. Because of my meds, I no longer can but encouage those that can to do so. I had a co-worker who had a very rare blood type. The Red Cross (the agency that used to handle blood donation in Canada) kept him on the shelf for emergencies. Every so often, he would get a call at work asking him to report to a certain hospital where his blood type was urgently needed.
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I'm a pretty common blood type (A pos). I've donated blood 7 times so far, and two of those have been 'misses'. I've yet to pass out or feel ill, though I have gotten woozy when I sat up too fast. The two 'misses' were awful, though. Both were with the exact same nurses. They had to dig in both of my arms for an adequate vein (no one else has ever had to do that before), and about 2 minutes later, the needle pulled out. I was very unimpressed. The second time, I was so nervous, I was shaking when they came to put the needle in. The same thing happened.
I know it isn't me. Every other time I've been 'tapped' in 5 minutes or less.
Well, actually the one time I went to donate blood (my friends convinced me too I was scared lol yuck needles) I had a cold. I didn't know you weren't allowed to have a cold and donate blood. Well, the first lady I talked to I told her I had a cold and she didn't say anything. Then just before they were about to take it I started coughing. She asked me if I was sick. I was like yeah just a cold though. She was like you can't give blood if you are sick don't you know that. I was like I told the lady up there that I had a cold and she didn't say anything. She was actually pretty mean about it. Oh well! I will try again sometime!
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I've always really wanted to ... I'm pretty sure i'm O positive. Either positive or negative, but i know it's O I also know that any kind of O blood is always in high demand ... So when a blood donor clinic comes around again, I think i'll give some blood. Now that i'm 17, I can do that
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I used to give blood as soon as I was able to again (there's a short waiting period in between donations) but I found out I was anemic and can't anymore.
I can't say that I was saddened at this too much, since like alot of you, there have been 'misses' all too often and it hurt. But the thought of how much I was helping someone else usually made up for the pain. Plus, the donuts and juice they give here are from Dunkin Donuts and are pretty yummy!
Now I volunteer my time for the Bloodmobile and instead of giving blood, I recruit people to donate. For those of you who are medically unable or just don't like needles, giving your time is almost as valuable as the blood itself.
Yeah, I've had that sort of thing happen to me before, but not while I've been donating blood.
It's happened to me during blood tests, though. Once when I was in elementary school, I had blood taken from me as part of some school-wide testing thing. There were mats for all the wimps like me who needed to lie down.
Two summers ago, I went to the doctor's office for a blood test. The nurse sat me down in a chair, and gave me very specific instruction with regard to how to position myself. I followed them. But, while that needle was inside me, I couldn't help it... I passed out. They made me stay at the doctor's office for the next half-hour lying on an uncomfortable couch.
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I've given blood, and while it's not the nicest thing I've ever done, it really wasn't that bad. Just don't look at the needle going in, and you'll be fine -- if you're like me, anyway.
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oh, i wish i could give blood. i have always wanted to. every year when the blood drive people come to my school, i get so mad that i can't sign up. i don't weigh enough. i hover around 110 lb, and i just don't think i could handle it.
(plus, i have never even had a real blood test. i might get squeamish around needles.)
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i wish i could give blood. i did it once, when i was a senior in high school, and i had a horrible, skull crushing migraine the next day. i could hardly move, and had to spend the day in fetal position under covers. i don't know if the two events were necessarily related.. but it sure scared me away from ever giving blood.
has anyone ever donated plasma? i'm curious as to what that's about.. i mean, i know what plasma is.. but is the actual donation similar to giving blood?
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donating plasma is very similar to donating blood. they extract the whole blood, then centrifuge it until the cells separate from the plasma matrix. then the plasma is either frozen for later use or further processed into things like Factor 8, or other blood products.
scientists are getting closer and closer to making a viable blood substitute, though.
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I can't donate blood. I'm too skinny. Which could be a good thing because I am squeaminsh about needles as well.
But I definitely want to donate my bone marrow. Yeah, for someone who is scared of pain and needles, this is major. I've always had thing thing about leukemia. When I was young I would imagine that I had leukemia and I guess reading stories about how few bone marrow doners there are and how many people die a year waiting for a suitable bone marrow saddens me.
And yep, I would love to donate all my organs as well. Just take it all.
Last time I counted, I was around 7 gallons or so for blood donations (that's 8 pints to a gallon, for those of you not up on your U.S. measurements, and they take a pint each time).
Actually most of those in recent years have been platelet donations (also called apheresis donations). For apheresis they spin the out the platelets and then water down the red blood cells and put them back in. It's a similar process to extracting plasma but I don't sell it, I donate.
I weigh around 135 lbs. and have lovely big veins, no needle squeamishness whatsoever and a high pain threshold, so the Red Cross loves me. Oh, and I'm also CMV-negative, which means I've never had some common virus and my blood is safe for newborns and chemo patients. They call almost every time I'm eligible.
Glitter (and anyone else who's had a lousy experience), I'd encourage you to give it at least one more try. Drink some juice and water beforehand, and if you start to get dizzy, immediately ask them to lay you back down until you get over it. I've found the trick is getting up sloooowly.
Every time I go in, the list of questions gets longer and longer, which means that more and more people are ineligible to give blood. Ever since they discovered that early on HIV was spread through blood transfusions, the Red Cross (and other blood donation organizations) have gotten super careful. This is good, but it means they need all the "safe" donors they can get.
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the first time i donated blood the guy missed me vein and had to poke me twice! then my bag was filling up really slow and a bunch of nurses went over to me and all went hmmm.....hehe.....so i only filled the bad up about 1/3 of the way.....they said that my blood was clotting too quickly
the second time went better....i filled the bag all the way up *yay* but afterwards i got really dizzy and almost passed out...so i just lied down for a while....
it feels great to do something like that for someone...knowing that donating just once saves 3 peoples lives is great! next time im eligible i plan to go back!!
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I've always wanted to for the helping-people-out part of it, but I'm too skinny and the piercings and whatnot, and so I just find other ways to volunteer.
plus, for awhile, I was on a medication that required me to get my blood tested every 2 weeks - and this wasn't just one little vial of blood, it was 6 or 7. and it didn't hurt or anything, but I think it was the idea - and *every single time* I got blood drawn, for probably 3 or 4 months, I passed out. I had a system: I lay down on the table instead of sitting up. so the needle went in, I blacked out, and woke up to a Mars bar! not too bad.
I gave blood for the first time a few months ago. It didn't hurt and I felt fine afterwards. I ate some snacks and drank liquids to regain some energy just in case. However, a few hours later when I was on my way home, I fainted right on the sidewalk. Someone saw me fall and helped me. I don't know how long I was out, though. I wanna donate blood again, but I don't want another bad experience...
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Beppie, your definition of risky sexual behavior is lovely, but unfortunately, not the one they use to determine whether or not you may donate blood. If you are a man who has had sex with a man, you may not donate blood. If you are a woman who has had sex with a man who has had sex with a man, you may not donate blood. If you have ever had sex for money or drugs, you may not donate blood. I think that's about it. They don't take into consideration whether or not you take safer sex precautions, whether or not you've been tested for HIV, or how many partners you've had.
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Holy horse manure..If those qualifications are correct, I donated blood and I was not supposed to as I am a woman who has had sex with a man who had previously had sex with a man....Two of 'em, even....They didn't even ASK me that one..wow...so, that's nice to know....never mind that all my male partners have been the biggest condom-lovers on the planet, I get tested at least every four months, etc...heh..that's just odd though..I saved lives and I wasn't supposed to...well then...
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Wow, I did not know you couldn't donate if you are anemic. That really saddens me. We have a drive every year at school, and next year I would have been able to participate (me being 16 as of exactly a month ago! woohoo!).
Of course, I'm also only about 113 pounds and have tiny veins which are hard to find for all the nurses I've ever had draw my blood.
So, in short, this sucks because I really, really wanted to donate and I don't have any squeamishness about the whole sittuation.
just wanted to give my two cents;].
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