I second the advice of not to ride the day after – even better, don’t ride the afternoon after giving blood that morning…….
The nurse said, don’t plan any strenuous activity for the rest of the day – should have listened!!
Do it – I give blood every 4 months, we have the blood bus come to work for the day, so makes donating easy – my view is I’m likely to need some in a bike-related incident (given my injury history…….) so I might as well start banking it now!
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I’m going to do something tomorrow that I should have done a long time ago:
Call the local blood bank and make an appointment to donate some of my claret.
Is there anything I need to be wary of prior to / post donating?
Keeping off the bike / booze / caffeine? Anything like that?
I need a bit of good karma right now, but I hope I never need any of that blood back!!Posted 5 years agoFlaperonSubscriber
They’re dragging me in every 10 weeks in a new trial to see if they can get away with reduced donation intervals. I see it as free altitude training, and I get to take the moral high ground as well.
In a similar vein (sorry…) to organ donation, I’ve always felt that if you’re prepared to take the stuff, you should be prepared to donate as well (unless, of course, you’re not allowed).Posted 5 years agoathgrayMember
I gave blood for the first time a couple of weeks ago. Happened to be passing a sports centre where it was going on. Really easy, good laugh with the nurses. Don’t worry it is fine. I am still wondering on my blood group. Does anyone who has given blood know how you find out?Posted 5 years agosprootletMember
You normally get sent a letter asking you to donate again and your blood group is on that.Posted 5 years ago
I’ve also been given a keyring in the past that had my blood group on it so it might be worth asking if they still have/do them.
Up to 40 pints now and still lie about how much I weigh….
I donated last week: http://www.singletrackworld.com/forum/topic/im-bleeding
Just don’t plan to commute on the same day!Posted 5 years agobigsurferMember
Out of interest do large adults have more blood in their bodies than small people I presume they do.. I am 6’4″ and about 15 stone and have never noticed any affect after giving blood. I have always followed the advice and avoided ridding on the same day as donating.Posted 5 years agobeefheartMember
They used to to ‘bleed’ you in medieval times- maybe there is something in it.Posted 5 years ago
Supposedly giving blood removes some of the iron concentration in the blood- which can contribute to the risk of heart disease.
Iron can speed up the oxidation of cholesterol, which is thought to increase the damage to arteries, and ultimately leads to cardiovascular disease.hs125Member
I used to be a regular donor, but haven’t given blood for over a year now. Partly because they closed down the venue near my work, but mostly because of the near insistance that you pre-book an appointment. It seems now that if you just turn up without an appointment, you will be turned away or told to wait for a couple of hours at least. Being turned away a few times is very demoralising.Posted 5 years agohoraMember
Occasionally it can hurt. However the hardest part for me is the test prick at the beginning on the end of your finger.
I don’t do it for Karma. I do it as its an easy, quick way of putting something into society. Something that you may need one day yourself as well.
Well tbh I do it to keep DD topped up.Posted 5 years agobazwadahMember
HS125, I know exactly what you mean. I noticed that even with an appointment time I was often kept waiting. I now donate platelets instead – takes about 90mins to donate but has the benefit of only taking platelets (and putting the rest of the blood back in) so I never feel faint like I used to with blood donation.Posted 5 years agoleftyboySubscriber
I’ve also never given blood and once I’d realised it would be a good thing to do I was (coincidentally) diagnosed with a condition that means I can never give blood!
So if you can give blood please do, people like me who can’t but need transfusions (very likely if I have further surgery) really appreciate it.Posted 5 years ago
Done it dozens of times now including platelets too
not done it for a while though due to a load of foreign travel but can again now so must get my finger out and book one up.
I usually cycle to and from the hospital to do mine. only started doing it after donating plenty of times so know I’m fine after. I do take it easy coming back and it’s downhill all the back to work. never had any ill affect the following day. good excuse for a treat for dinner nice steak, chips and a pint of dark stuff 🙂Posted 5 years ago
but mostly because of the near insistance that you pre-book an appointment. It seems now that if you just turn up without an appointment, you will be turned away
You can book online. Surely it’s not that hard to plan an appointment?Posted 5 years ago
At least I’m not alone in cycling
Probably not best done for your first few donation though, people respond very differently.
One of mates who’s healthy has donated twice, both times he felt awful and had to wait a long time before they let him go home. After the second time he was politely told to not come back again. Some people’s body’s just really don’t like it at all.Posted 5 years ago
good on him for going and giving it a second go tootoby1Member
There is a maximum speed you can cycle home at after – I found this last Tuesday, my heart was racing and I got an ache in my chest. Think next time I’ll just go back to taking it easier!
Drinking lots of water before and after us for the best.
As for booking appointments, it’s no hardship, at the session I book up for the next one, stick a reminder in my phone and job done.
And last session I had to wait a while to get seen, but sh*t if if saves a life what the hell do I care. People take different times to bleed, the staff that work these sessions are doing the best that they can, they are, as has been said all great people and I’m assuming aren’t on massive salaries, they work outside regular hours to make it easier for us – GIVE THEM A BREAK. Nearly shouted that at a woman who hadn’t booked and was whinging about having to wait last time.Posted 5 years agobazwadahMember
Before donating you have to wait 24 hours before doing hazardous activities – rock climbing, skydiving etc. It has motorcycling on the list but not cycling – wonder if this is because cycling isnt considered as dangerous? Surely they should ask “..how rad/gnar are you?” 😀Posted 5 years agoRubber_BuccaneerSubscriber
For the OP, read the info they have sent you regarding colds, taking drugs (headache pills etc) in the days before donation so you don’t waste a trip/take a slot you can’t use. Once there the nurses will tell you what to do, it’s nothing to worry about.
Good thing there are people like you donating for no reward beyond a tea and an unhealthy snack 🙂Posted 5 years agotrbMember
Good thing there are people like you donating for no reward beyond a tea and an unhealthy snack
Little trb has cottoned on to this and now insists on joining me so that he can blag free squash and crisps.
I’ve got something like 30 pints in the bank – last week I had to do an extra iron test as I’d been fettling the bike and the grease on my hands made the standard test fail – got stuck in both arms!!
I do find it frustrating when they send you marketing mail wailing about the shortage of donors, then I have to wait an hour to donate (even with an appointmant sometimes)Posted 5 years ago
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