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Thread: First time donating blood

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    curiousitykitten

    Default First time donating blood

    I'm a little scared. Not of the needle but how I'll do. I diecided that I should donate. I'd love to know im playing a part in saving someone's life. One problem...everytime i get a blood test I pass out...my body just does it. SO... Im just wondering how I'll do. If I pass out will they keep me at school? (school drive) Who has donated before? Whats it like?

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    If you pass out, they would most likely keep you in the same spot, and just wait for you to come to. If you no longer feel like donating, you would probably have a student volunteer escort you back to class just in case you feel faint.

    I'm in the one gallon donation club, and I can assure you that donating blood is a cinch. The initial examination is just a finger prick, and some really long boring question session, but nothing to worry about there really. The blood donation needle itself can sting for a bit, but if you relax the muscles in your arm it doesn't hurt that much.

    The donation bit itself, not much really. You sit down and squeeze a little ball for 10 minutes or so. You may feel a little cold, but there is no pain except the original insertion of the needle, which I would liken to an intense pinch.

    Then you get milk and cookies afterward! YAY!
    Last edited by BabyMullet; 10-May-2009 at 22:32. Reason: Spelling and correct words

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    I have donated blood many times, I find it to be a simple and relatively painless experience(except the finger prick, that hurts a lot more than the actual giving blood)

    If you pass out they will stop taking the blood and elevate the lower part of your body.

    Since its your first time you'll fill out all the info, and later you'll receive a card. They'll ask you a bunch of questions(quite a few about your sex life), you give blood and your good.

    It's normal to have fear your first time, but its not that bad and you'll help people.

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    Butterfly Mage

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    Back when I was still a virgin (the Dread Cross won't accept blood from homosexual men), I donated blood twice. It went okay. I wasn't even dizzy afterwards. I took a bunch of cookies anyway, heh heh.

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    Don't worry about it! If you faint, it won't be a huge deal! Here at least, they have us lay on blue stretcher type things.... and the majority is nurses, not just volunteers.... so they will know what to do. I'm sure if you really weren't feeling well your school would send you home (my school was always good with sending us home if we were feeling bad,) and teachers are usually supportive, and won't mind if you miss a period or two, or are late, sleep in class, etc...

    Good luck, and way to go. I love donating.

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    Lot's of people feel faint/pass out when giving blood. I think if you give enough, you won't feel as faint as often, so if it's your first time, it's probably expected to feel iffy. Just think of all the cookies you'll get

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pojo View Post
    Lot's of people feel faint/pass out when giving blood. I think if you give enough, you won't feel as faint as often, so if it's your first time, it's probably expected to feel iffy. Just think of all the cookies you'll get
    Or even more than cookies.

    We used to have free access to several types of cookies, chips, cakes, pop, juice, milk, water. It was yummy. Basically: free lunch. Oh, and we get cool things, like pins, pens, etc...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Abby View Post
    Or even more than cookies.

    We used to have free access to several types of cookies, chips, cakes, pop, juice, milk, water. It was yummy. Basically: free lunch. Oh, and we get cool things, like pins, pens, etc...
    Well I've never given blood, I just remember from when my parents gave it, and I had to wait for them (when I was younger). There were cookies, soda, and water...Now they seem to also give out T-shirts

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pojo View Post
    Well I've never given blood, I just remember from when my parents gave it, and I had to wait for them (when I was younger). There were cookies, soda, and water...Now they seem to also give out T-shirts
    We don't get tshirts.

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    I was wanting to give blood but i cant ><

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