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2nd August 2012, 09:21 PM #1
Giving Blood question...
I've decided to man up and give blood despite my hatred of needles, and my first appointment is a week Monday. I can't see anywhere in the info they sent me about driving, so does anyone know if it's ok/safe to drive after giving blood?
2nd August 2012, 09:41 PM #2
I have given blood on many occasions and I nearly always drive home afterwards.
Make sure you have a meal during the day before you donate [proper breakfast if your donation is in the morning, that sort of thing]
After the donation the attendants will ask you to sit for a while and have a drink and a small snack [biscuits or a packet of crisps: That sort of thing]
After that go on your way knowing that you have "done something amazing" [The NBTS advertising tag]
Thanks to DaveP from:
stevenlong1985 (4th August 2012)
2nd August 2012, 09:46 PM #3
I agree with the have a meal before hand, I once skipped eating anything before giving blood and when dismounting the bed after donating a pint I managed to fall off the bed and landed on the floor. Having 4 Nurses picking me up and putting me back on the bed was quite embarrassing, as was the telling off I received from a formidable nurse old enough to be my mother who made it quite clear I was at fault!
My blood is used for premature babies, and frankly, it's pretty cool
2nd August 2012, 09:53 PM #4
I used to give blood a s a student. It saved a lot of money on beer that evening.
2nd August 2012, 10:33 PM #5
Last time I gave I passed out. So, I'd say, if you feel nervous about it get somebody else to drive just in case.
2nd August 2012, 10:33 PM #6
- Rep Power
I'm a bit squemish so tend to feel a little dodgy during and after the blood donation. Certainly worth getting someone to pick you up the first time then you'll know what to do for the next time.
2nd August 2012, 11:39 PM #7
That sounds sensible - though its never bothered me personally.
Originally Posted by samba_man
3rd August 2012, 07:32 AM #8
Thanks guys, think I may play it safe and as the wife to play taxi!
You can actually find out where your blood is used? That's rather cool!
Originally Posted by jstuttard
3rd August 2012, 08:36 AM #9
Well done for going - I am needle-phobic too and cannot quite summon up the courage at the moment. I did manage it once and when I asked where the blood was going the answer was- everywhere!! I have O neg blood which is the one you can give to anyone
3rd August 2012, 09:15 AM #10
Needlephobic myself and thus don't give blood, but I have family members who do and they always drive there and back. Perfectly safe, they don't take enough to cause any serious issues with your ability to drive.
3rd August 2012, 09:20 AM #11
I donate every 4 months atm - for your first time I'd definitely get a lift. It does affect different people in different ways. I'm usually fine to drive, but my wife is usually a bit groggy after her draining...
Well done chap...
3rd August 2012, 09:22 AM #12
The permitted frequency of donations for men has been adjusted so that you can donate more often now [about once every three months on average]
Originally Posted by Netman
3rd August 2012, 09:33 AM #13
Yer I know thanks - will be stepping it up after my next donation.
Originally Posted by DaveP
@witch - O neg here too - you're quite right about it being universal, hence why it is useful in emergencies when there is no time to cross-match a patient (apparently this happens with babies sometimes). The downside for us is we can only have O neg blood, and we're only 7% of the population! Interestingly I'm sure I read somewhere that with platelets the situation is reversed and we can have any group, but ours is only useful to others with O Neg...
3rd August 2012, 09:52 AM #14
I am O Positive.
Originally Posted by Netman
Could we attach a poll to this thread to see what Edugeek's blood group distribution is or is the thread too old to attach a poll now?
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