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pde

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#21 Apr 8, 2013
Matilda77 wrote:
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I know, I miss those days.:-/
I rarely donate because it's such an effort. I come very close to passing out and then I'm useless the rest of the day. I've tried all the tricks--eating a big meal, donating while lying down, not looking at the blood, yadda yadda. Nothing helps.
I'm slightly over the weight guideline, but I've never successfully donated blood. Heck, I warn them at the doctor's office that I can do three vials for a blood tests but I usually pass out after the fourth (even if I don't know it's the fourth).

Toj

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#22 Apr 8, 2013
I have no problem whatsoever giving blood, except 2 things. 1. It used to take forever b/c I have low blood pressure.
2. I get sick a couple of days after giving blood. Everytime. I think it really lowers my immunity.

So I don't give blood anymore. I've given enough over the years.

For whatever reason, if you don't give blood I feel that's okay. If you can give without a problem, I think you should try. Simple as that. No one should be put down or made feel less than if they don't, though.

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Since: Sep 09

Evanston IL

#23 Apr 8, 2013
Matilda77 wrote:
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I know, I miss those days.:-/
I rarely donate because it's such an effort. I come very close to passing out and then I'm useless the rest of the day. I've tried all the tricks--eating a big meal, donating while lying down, not looking at the blood, yadda yadda. Nothing helps.
Not even the cold pack on your forehead and back of the neck?

That does the trick for me; I just ask for them before they even bust out the squeezy ball.

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Since: Feb 13

Memphis, TN

#24 Apr 8, 2013
Some people who give blood act like they're giving a kidney or something. It's a very nice thing to do, but have some perspective.

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