I agree with the “if you’re prepared to take it you should be prepared to give it” sentiment. I’ve also just signed up to the Anthony Nolan register. I asked about platelet donation last time I gave blood, but apparently my veins are too ladylike.
Bigsurfer I’m 5ft2 and vary between 8.5 and 9 st and never notice affects from giving blood.
You get crisps after at our donation centre now.Posted 5 years agobazwadahMember
Also they may ask you if you have eaten recently, if you haven’t then you may have to go eat something prior to giving blood. Its best to make sure you are hydrated as this seems to speed up the process and avoid feeling dizzy/ faint. I have been told to avoid fatty foods 12 hours before giving platelets as it changes the quality of the donation (makes it cloudy and darker), don’t know if this is the case with blood donation.Posted 5 years ago
Rugbydick, I’m sure it will be straightforward and they take extra good care of first timers.
Well done for volunteering – Good karma on its way to you from whoever get your donation!MrsPoddyMember
I use to give blood but due to EU legislation I do not have enough iron; it has to have a high iron content now, I am just normal (apparently). They use to give you a card with your blood group on it not sure if they still do.Posted 5 years ago
My recommendation is:
have a snack before hand
look away when they put the needle in (it doesn’t hurt that way).
Squeeze your hand slowly you do not want the blood to pour out of you like a gushing tap, more just a small trickle.
Listen to the advice they give youbigblackshedSubscriber
Only advice I can give is eat a good meal about 2 hours before and drink plenty of fluids before and after. The donation team at my sessions give you a pint of water before you donate. And insist that you drink it all. (this has reduced the fainting rate. Which is very low anyway, except for the college students who weigh about 8 stone, don’t eat then turn up and faint!)
Yes, your iron levels do drop slightly after donating, but with a healthy diet will be back to normal within a week or 2. I’ve done a few different trials over the years, double red cell donation, monitoring iron levels after donation, reduced times between donations.
53 donations so far, so they’ve definitely taken more than an arm full.Posted 5 years agofrepsterMember
I like to race the other donors, thinking that how quickly the blood drains out of me is a indication of my superior fitness and heart health over the average human.
I find giving blood one of those activites where it is ok to finish quickly.
next time is number 20 for me.Posted 5 years agodufresneoramaMember
I donated once….was told I wasn’t allowed to donate again after they picked my convulsing body off the floor….I think I freaked everyone else out, but it felt like a super amazing far out trip.
They say a teaspoon of blood can save a newborn baby…by my reckoning I saved a hundred babies – job done.Posted 5 years ago
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