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    Off to give Blood today for the first time!

    Morning all, today I am off to give blood for the first time does anybody else do this and what sort of after effects should I expect if any?

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    You'll probably faint after.

    I am on my 10th donation now and i have been fine after every time i have gave blood:thumbsup: And in that time only seen one person faint. Not many people do and you will prob be fine and if you did faint the staff are very friendly and know what there doing:thumbsup:

    remember to pick up your free biscuits before you walk out the door lol.

    Well done to you! I'm on my 26th donation and have only ever seen one person even slightly faint, so you will probably be fine.

    The staff are really excellent and as it's your first time, they make a special effort to make sure you're comfortable with what's happening

    Good luck!!:thumbsup::thumbsup:

    PraxxtorCruel;5347221

    You'll probably faint after.



    your user name is apt!

    Back to OP!
    Congratulations mate, wish more people would! I cant as for some reason my blood runs very slowly, when they took my sample it took 20 minutes just to get enough to test!
    You wont faint m8, first time they just take a small amount for testing/categorising.
    All you will feel is a bit of a ***** as they insert the canula.

    Afterwards you will be made to sit down in case of light headedness while they bring you a drink and biscuits (they no longer allow you to get your own due to H&S)

    You will be grand, I have donated blood several times (although not for a couple of years now, due to illness and getting tattoes etc) but a great thing to do now.

    Well done, if only more people would take the time to do this.

    Well Done Mike, Its more than i could do. I pass out even speaking about it and thinking about it:oops:

    Im sure you will be fine x

    Banned

    Well done mike :thumbsup:

    ive been meanign to give blood but does anyone know if your allowed if you have a blood disease?

    PabloInTheSky;5347284

    Well done mike :thumbsup:ive been meanign to give blood but does anyone … Well done mike :thumbsup:ive been meanign to give blood but does anyone know if your allowed if you have a blood disease?



    dont know if its much help but have a click on the link undertelephone number.
    blood.co.uk/pag…tml

    well I either pass out or throw up when giving blood samples so unfortunately giving blood would be a absolute no no for me.....but good luck....im sure you will be fine

    lil_tiger;5347348

    well I either pass out or throw up when giving blood samples so … well I either pass out or throw up when giving blood samples so unfortunately giving blood would be a absolute no no for me.....but good luck....im sure you will be fine



    this is like me, the last time i had to give blood for a blood test it took me 30 mins just to sit on the table:oops:

    Banned

    corriessvk;5347311

    dont know if its much help but have a click on the link undertelephone … dont know if its much help but have a click on the link undertelephone number. http://www.blood.co.uk/pages/flash_questions.html



    cheers some weird questions lol but it didnt mention what i have so it must be ok might give blood then ;-)

    tinkerbell28;5347524

    Well done you, you will be fine, have some rep :thumbsup: 4 people like … Well done you, you will be fine, have some rep :thumbsup: 4 people like you saved my life after I gave birth to my first son and haemorraged badly after my c-section.I now can't give blood any more due to the transfusions I had :-(



    Ditto! I had to have blood transfusions after the births of both children so very thankful but it also means i cannot give blood myself.

    My hubby does though and he is fine afterwards even if he does say that he cant take the rubbish out etc cos he cant lift anything :roll:

    Well done you and everyone else that give blood. I could not do it I have to go and have blood tests every 6 months and these are my 2 biggest phobias not sure which is worst

    Original Poster

    Thanks all for the replies and the advice I am a bit nervous but it's a nice day so I can sit in the garden when I get back :):friends:

    Hon, you'll be fine...

    short term... just the scratch of the needle

    long term....slight wooziness or tiredness as your body makes more blood maybe.

    get a nice meal tonight

    are you A+? If so thanks very much for donating

    x x

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    ClarityofMind;5347778

    Hon, you'll be fine... short term... just the scratch of the needlelong … Hon, you'll be fine... short term... just the scratch of the needlelong term....slight wooziness or tiredness as your body makes more blood maybe.get a nice meal tonight are you A+? If so thanks very much for donating :Dx x



    Yes I am A+ according to my medical card!

    Thanks for the advice:)

    Drink plenty of fluids afterwards - this helps bring your blood volume back to normal. You can ask for a local anaesthestic for your arm but most get it done without. The jabbing your finger for the test drop is probably the most painful part!! Think I'm on about 38 donations....

    Good luck and remember to let them know its your fist time....

    Dont know if this has been said but i forgot this first time i donated:whistling: And that is take make sure you eat something before donating. I forgot and they told me to have a pack of biscuits before donating:thumbsup:

    gari189;5348142

    Drink plenty of fluids afterwards - this helps bring your blood volume … Drink plenty of fluids afterwards - this helps bring your blood volume back to normal. You can ask for a local anaesthestic for your arm but most get it done without. The jabbing your finger for the test drop is probably the most painful part!! Think I'm on about 38 donations....Good luck and remember to let them know its your fist time....



    Yeah the first part is worse bit

    mikebike;5348036

    Yes I am A+ according to my medical card! Thanks for the advice:)



    Yay, I'll be happy to take that blood then! lol

    well done to you for giving blood, I cant as I have a high risk of carrying malaria apparently :roll:

    My OH gave blood once and passed out on the table as soon as he started to part with it :-D

    Original Poster

    bitseylango;5348680

    well done to you for giving blood, I cant as I have a high risk of … well done to you for giving blood, I cant as I have a high risk of carrying malaria apparently :roll:My OH gave blood once and passed out on the table as soon as he started to part with it :-D




    Us big strong chaps are wimps really:whistling:

    mikebike;5348698

    Us big strong chaps are wimps really:whistling:



    you will be fine, he is a big strong chap but fainted twice when he had his vasectomy, I dont thing he likes parting with anything for free :-D

    mikebike;5348698

    Us big strong chaps are wimps really:whistling:



    It's MAN blood, it's harder to give than female blood lol

    bitseylango;5348715

    you will be fine, he is a big strong chap but fainted twice when he had … you will be fine, he is a big strong chap but fainted twice when he had his vasectomy, I dont thing he likes parting with anything for free :-D



    lol!

    was he there when u had the kids? lol

    ClarityofMind;5348719

    lol!was he there when u had the kids? lol



    he was and blubbed like a baby :-D

    bitseylango;5348731

    he was and blubbed like a baby :-D



    awwwwww lol

    I think my OH was crying too... but then he was covered in my vomit! lol

    Original Poster

    Well I got back from donating blood today and it was easy! I am amazed that only 5% of the people who can donate do, Come on people get registered today on 08457 711 711
    or [url]www.blood.co.uk[/url]

    mikebike;5351044

    Well I got back from donating blood today and it was easy! I am amazed … Well I got back from donating blood today and it was easy! I am amazed that only 5% of the people who can donate do, Come on people get registered today on 08457 711 711or [url]www.blood.co.uk[/url]



    well done you!

    Banned

    well done mike x

    Original Poster

    Thanks all for the advice and kind thoughts
    mike x

    Well done Mike. There are lots of people who are really greatful to people like you
    I have to have lots taken for tests and always have to turn away cos I am really squeamish. Realistically is doesnt hurt but well done all the same. Now you just need to encourage some others.
    How do you find out your blood group? I keep asking for mine and never get an answer.

    I would love to donate blood and was all up for it but they changed the criteria so couldnt.

    I am very grateful to people who donate as i had to have a big transfusion after the birth of my 6yr old and if i didnt have that blood i wouldnt be sat here today.

    i went to give blood with my OH in April, took them ages to find my vein again cos i had previously gone last August and they couldnt find it and couldnt donate but the nurses were nice and friendly and gave me lots of biscuits and drink they found my vein at last and i gave blood, so did my OH but he fainted afterward while i was giving mine, twas a bit scary :|, going back again in August

    WoolyM;5351572

    Well done Mike. There are lots of people who are really greatful to … Well done Mike. There are lots of people who are really greatful to people like youI have to have lots taken for tests and always have to turn away cos I am really squeamish. Realistically is doesnt hurt but well done all the same. Now you just need to encourage some others.How do you find out your blood group? I keep asking for mine and never get an answer.



    hon your medical records should have your blood group recorded. It's something you should know because in an emergency they'll ask you. ( they'll check anyway but they do ask ). Ask your doc

    ClarityofMind;5351705

    hon your medical records should have your blood group recorded. It's … hon your medical records should have your blood group recorded. It's something you should know because in an emergency they'll ask you. ( they'll check anyway but they do ask ). Ask your doc



    Thats one of the reasons I keep asking. Cant understand why I am not getting an answer. :thumbsup:

    Good on ya mate. Wish I'd pluck up the courage to do it.

    WoolyM;5351718

    Thats one of the reasons I keep asking. Cant understand why I am not … Thats one of the reasons I keep asking. Cant understand why I am not getting an answer. :thumbsup:



    My hubby has a little notebook given to him by the blood service for giving blood, it states his blood group on it. I know mine as I had "A+" in big black letters on the front of my ante natal notes. lol

    Original Poster

    WoolyM;5351572

    Well done Mike. There are lots of people who are really greatful to … Well done Mike. There are lots of people who are really greatful to people like youI have to have lots taken for tests and always have to turn away cos I am really squeamish. Realistically is doesnt hurt but well done all the same. Now you just need to encourage some others.How do you find out your blood group? I keep asking for mine and never get an answer.



    As before thanks to all for the kind words and thoughts, I have been phoning my family and friends and telling them all about it and I am proud to say that I have 12 people telling me that they have called and registered Fingers crossed they will all go through with it
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