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I’m afraid to give blood, but I want to. Just like I was afraid to get a tattoo on my calve, and despite how painful it was I sat through it. If I can sit for 3 hours getting a tattoo, I can sit for five minutes getting my blood drawn to save someones life. I actually really hope I’m a universal blood type, so I can give all the time. 2 days ago
How I did it: It took awhile to be able to do it, so I am extrememly happy I could donate today. When I went to donate the first few times, they did blood tests and rejected me because of low levels of iron. I have had a much better diet over the last year, so I think that is why this time around, my blood was accepted and i could actually donate. Read how I did it… 2 weeks ago
How I did it: I've discussed the leadup here:"http://www.43things.com/entries/view/5923021".
The donation itself went fine. It did hurt a little when the needle went in, but really no big deal. It took longer than expected due to perhaps not having as much water as I should have (I drank heaps all day but kind of tapered off in the last couple of hours). So I was asked to squeeze my hand and wiggle my toes a lot, and got small heatpacks for my arm and hand to encourage blood flow. At one point the woman taking my blood thought she might have to finish early, but we didn't have to - I got there in the end. It may have taken more like 15 minutes for me, instead of 5-10 for the standard half-litre.
It hurt more than I expected when the needle was taken out. But that was very brief, and then I was fine. I stuck around for a while afterwards and got a free milkshake and crackers, then went to my friend's house and ate most of a pizza. I was told to eat and drink a lot to replenish the system so I did! Read how I did it… 2 weeks ago
I’ve been preparing for a month this time, after a previous attempt was unsuccessful, so was nervous for two reasons:
1) the obvious, new experience, needle, will it hurt, will I pass out
2) really wanting to just get it done and not be rejected again
During this month and especially the last week I ate a lot of beef, lamb, chickpeas, lentils, tofu + vitamin C-rich fresh orange juice, capsicum and carrots.
During the initial check, before testing my hemoglobin, the nurse tested my heart rate, and found that it was a little too high (104) to be able to donate, but she said that’s common on a first donation and we’ll measure that again later to see if it drops. My hemoglobin turned out okay – 129. The minimum to be allowed to donate is 120 and last time I was 118. Still not super-high so it looks like I really need to work at it to be eligible, but good news for this time.
I then sat in the donating area, chatted a little to my friend who was donating plasma (and was fine), read a book and tried to control my breathing. The nurse came back and measured my pulse manually and it was still too high. I knew it would be fine but I couldn’t help being nervous! After more attempts to calm down, some water, and a brief call to my girlfriend I finally managed to get it down to 98. So finally I was allowed to do it.
And it went fine – more to come in the How I Did It. 2 weeks ago
This time it went well, but I still almost fainted and what I was amazed of is that The day after I still felt a bit ill. I can’t imagine what it feels like when you loose litres of blood! It feels good to help someone with some blood of mine. 2 weeks ago
I was well excited to give blood today buzzing about it doing something amazing that wiull help save lives. I got to the venue (granted I should have checked first) only to find stairs my bro went down to ask about this only to be told that as a wheelchair user I wasnt able to give blood, due to health & safety reasons. This was despite my brother saying he would be able to help me outta the chair on on to the bed. I was also told 3 weeks ago when i9 rang the helpline that their would not be any issues with the chair aslong as someone was there to help me . So in closing I’m absolutely gutted that I wasn’t able to donate if I’d of been told this in the first place I wouldn’t have gone :( 2 weeks ago
I have given blood several times. The military actually has the Red Cross come to Units and do blood draws from soldiers. My first time was back at boot camp (Parris Island). We went in, gave blood, and were then given juice and cookies.
Since then, the Red Cross has shown up at different units I have been with and drawn blood. It is a good program that saves lives, and you won’t regret doing it. 2 weeks ago
Well 43Terw the big day is tomorrow…I give blood for the 1st but defo noot the last time. I’m excited to be doing such a great thing that is going to help loads of people :) 2 weeks ago
How I did it: I looked to see when they were taking donations near me and when it got close to the date I booked an appointment. Working on doing more to help others.
It was fine, didn't hurt much. If you've ever had a blood test it's just like that. I was expecting to feel faint because I'm prone to that but I felt no different. I had a bit of a headache later in the day and went to bed early- but that might not have had anything to do with the blood :)
I will certainly be doing this again! Read how I did it… 3 weeks ago
... due to parasite that is due to appear in cute form in October. 3 weeks ago
How I did it: I rang the red cross and made an appointment.
I went in on the day and has a consultaion to make sure I was eligible. It took 15 minutes and was treated like a VIP and after was offered milkshakes and muffins etc. Knowing my one donation can save 3 lives made me feel proud and I will be making this a regular thing! Read how I did it… 3 weeks ago
I give blood on the 30th April for the first time. It gives me an amazing feeling knowing that I am doing something that is going to save lives :) 4 weeks ago
For May 1. I really hope the iron will be fine by then. I’m going with a friend who is used to it and comfortable donating. I was partly inspired by a Facebook event of a friend of a friend who is trying to organise 64 donations in 50 days. They’ve had 24 so far in 22 days. I hope I can add to the tally. 1 month ago