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Cynaminbear 02-21-2009 07:25 PM

Donated today
 
Anybody else donate blood on a regular basis?


I'm so worn out, too. This never happens when I donate. I usually give then go on with life.
The family went out for brunch, then they dropped me off so I could donate. Afterward, I sat down, had some ice cold water, and waited for my ride. I figured since I'd just eaten a very satisfying meal I wouldn't need to eat a snack afterward.
For whatever reason, my body is not handling this well. I'm so tired and slightly dizzy. I'm drinking water, had some snacks and trying to take it easy.
I think I'll go back to not eating before donation, then treating myself to a Burger King reward.

WileE-Dead 02-21-2009 07:27 PM

I can't but hubby does...he has mugs and shirts, etc..lol We usually go out for Mexican before :D
He's donated so much, I can barely look at his arm b/c there is such a scar..ack

medussa 02-21-2009 07:36 PM

I used to donate on a regular basis (blood and Apheresis donations) and only experienced feeling sick when I had low blood sugar. I'd get the shakes and would feel light-headed. The juice and cookies always helped.

I hope you feel better soon.

mrspoppers 02-21-2009 07:42 PM

The only time I felt like that afterwards was when I was too thin.

RedCatWaves 02-21-2009 07:45 PM

I used to donate all the time (was a member of the "10 gallon club"), but now that I'm not in the corporate world anymore and the vampires don't come to me, I haven't made the effort to go to them in quite a while. A high protein meal before donating used to get me through it. I found if I ate only carbs before and/or after, I would get weak. The cookies and juice would raise my blood sugar too fast and I would feel sick all day.

Cynaminbear 02-21-2009 08:03 PM

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Originally Posted by mrspoppers (Post 883397)
The only time I felt like that afterwards was when I was too thin.

I think I love you.

RCW, I'm low carb, so breakfast was a big omelet with 3 meats, onions, peppers and cheese. I haven't been able to stomach a high carb breakfast in over a decade.

I feel a strange obligation to donate. I'm O- and test negative for some virus so my blood is given to babies and preemies. It's a renewable resource and it goes to something good. I can hardly hide from them; if I haven't made an appointment they call and call. Last time I gave the intake person wanted to turn me down because I hadn't eaten, then she saw that virus indicator and changed her tune quickly.
I swear, I do better when I don't eat before, which is against recommendation and counter intuitive.

badgercurls 02-21-2009 08:37 PM

I just donated a few weeks ago for the first time and almost passed out at the end of the donation. I felt really tired for a full day afterward. I think that was due to a just-over-the-limit hemoglobin count (according to a friend who worked at a blood bank for a few years, that's a common problem). I would like to donate again sometime, but I will need to make sure my iron is a little higher before then.

Myradella3 02-21-2009 08:54 PM

I donate 2 or 3 times a year. The last time I tried, my iron was too low so I didn't pass the screening.

Nessy 02-22-2009 12:23 AM

I've donated a few times, and normally I am fine. The last time I donated, I almost fainted - they had to make me lie down for a bit and put a cold compress on me. I felt like crap for the next two days.

I hope you feel better soon.

Cynaminbear 02-22-2009 08:55 AM

Myradella, the same thing happened to me the day after Christmas. I had to wait 3 weeks to try again. I was really disappointed.

I feel better this morning. I haven't gotten up yet, but I don't feel dead and slept very well.

LisaF1163 02-22-2009 09:00 AM

I donated exactly once, and got so ridiculously sick afterwards, I never donated again. I absolutely applaud folks who can donate again and again - you make up for my shortcomings and utter donation-fail.

ninja dog 02-22-2009 10:08 AM

Do you need to know your blood type to donate?

goldy 02-22-2009 10:31 AM

I can't donate, but Hubby does all the time (well not recently since he had been training for his marathon).

Maybe try some crackers with peanut butter and lots of water for rehydration.

Hope you feel better soon.

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Originally Posted by ninja dog (Post 883763)
Do you need to know your blood type to donate?

No, but they will tell you your blood type after donating.

Guide18 02-22-2009 04:03 PM

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Originally Posted by cynaminbear (Post 883415)
Quote:

Originally Posted by mrspoppers (Post 883397)
The only time I felt like that afterwards was when I was too thin.

I think I love you.

RCW, I'm low carb, so breakfast was a big omelet with 3 meats, onions, peppers and cheese. I haven't been able to stomach a high carb breakfast in over a decade.

I feel a strange obligation to donate. I'm O- and test negative for some virus so my blood is given to babies and preemies. It's a renewable resource and it goes to something good. I can hardly hide from them; if I haven't made an appointment they call and call. Last time I gave the intake person wanted to turn me down because I hadn't eaten, then she saw that virus indicator and changed her tune quickly.
I swear, I do better when I don't eat before, which is against recommendation and counter intuitive.

You're CMV negative. That is not common and your blood is exta valuable.

I'm CMV negative also, and I donated for years. Then I got a false positive for Hepatitis B (which I've never had) and they won't let me donate any more. Dumb.

The only time I had a bad reaction was when I had to sprint for a train right after donating. I almost passed out. I spent the train ride with my head between my knees. Oh, that was awful.

curlyarca 02-22-2009 06:27 PM

Sometimes it helps to drink while donating.

meryn 02-22-2009 07:52 PM

I rarely get called (ab neg), but when I do, I just do a 1/2 pint. I don't have the body mass to do a full pint.... I also have extremely low blood pressure. That, coupled with ADD... well, not a good mix. It takes forever just to get a dang cup of blood out of me. I can't stand it, it's worse than getting my hair colored.

Shameless plug... I do it for for for my mother's memory as opposed to altruism, she founded the blood bank of alaska. She drilled into me how precious blood is.

CurliLocks 02-23-2009 11:30 PM

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Originally Posted by meryn (Post 884341)
Shameless plug... I do it for my mother's memory as opposed to altruism, she founded the blood bank of alaska. She drilled into me how precious blood is.

Good for you, and your mom. :thumbright: That's wonderful.

We can't give. We lived in Germany for several years and consumed beef products; therefore, we could be harboring mad cow disease. :tongue10: I could never give before because I was too thin and have low blood pressure. Then I gained weight and thought I'd pass, but nope. :(

My dad does. Kudos to those who can and do donate.

medussa 02-24-2009 05:40 AM

I always just barely made the weight requirement. The blood pressure thing is interesting though. Either it was normal back then and has gone down with age or it was always low, but it didn't prevent me from donating.

My pressure is so low that whenever a healthcare provider takes it, they always follow up with, "is it always this low?" They must think I'm near death or something. :lol:

CurlyHairedFarmer 02-24-2009 05:56 AM

I would love to donate blood, but I can't. I have a history of severe iron deficiency anemia, it was so bad I almost needed a blood transfusion.

Guide18 02-24-2009 06:50 AM

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Originally Posted by medussa (Post 885680)
I always just barely made the weight requirement. The blood pressure thing is interesting though. Either it was normal back then and has gone down with age or it was always low, but it didn't prevent me from donating.

My pressure is so low that whenever a healthcare provider takes it, they always follow up with, "is it always this low?" They must think I'm near death or something. :lol:

I did once get disqualified from donating because my blood pressure was too low!


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