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lelc2002@yahoo
07-02-2006, 03:13 PM
I'm driving to my first blood donation about 25-30 min away tomorrow. I'm hoping I'm ok to drive back??? I was assuming after a bit of a rest, I'll be good to go & yet reading some old posts by people, it sounded like they were exhausted after... still I'm not to worried about it........Ly

LindaRacine
07-02-2006, 04:04 PM
Hi...

It really depends on the individual. I was completely normal, even after donating my 7th unit in 7 weeks.

Regards,
Linda

lbloodojunkieg
07-02-2006, 04:46 PM
Hi...

It really depends on the individual. I was completely normal, even after donating my 7th unit in 7 weeks.

Regards,
Linda

Same here. I was just fine. From what I have seen, it seems like the people who have problems with donating blood are people who are afraid of needles. Just from what I have seen/heard.

Karen Ocker
07-02-2006, 05:20 PM
No one can guarantee in advance how you will feel afterwards. I had my husband drive me; I did feel a little dizzy afterward. This was after I had originally planned to drive myself. I called him to get me.

A paramedic told me never to drive alone afterward. He knew of a case where a lady passed out driving and got into a fatal car accident after donating blood.

sweetness514
07-02-2006, 08:14 PM
At all. I am naturally a person that tends to be anemic b/c of irregular and heavy periods(I take iron on and off all the time for it, have a good diet), and so even if I took the iron I was dizzy afterwards. I had a juice and muffin after and they made me lie down and put a cold wet cloth on my forehead during and insisted that I rest afterwards.

But I can say that after the first time it wasn't as bad, and I could have driven if I wanted to(thank God hubby did though it was the first snowstorm of the year and it took two hours in traffic). The second I couldn't have driven if I wanted to, I was very weak for two days at least.

I agree with what Karen said.

lelc2002@yahoo
07-03-2006, 06:25 AM
thks all,
I'm going to drive over myself & presume I'll be ok after a rest. If not I have a girlfriend I can call. I've no problem at all w/ needles or blood...& I feel as strong as an ox being on iron/vit c & all!!! Seems to me this is the 'easy' part of this whole thg..........Ly ;)
surgery aug 1st/60/60curves
ant/post http://lynnebackattack.blogspot.com

Heathmoose
07-03-2006, 10:07 AM
Hi Lynn. I hope all goes well with the donation. I had someone drive me when I went, just in case. It's good that you have a backup person to call if you cannot drive. Did you donate at St. Claire's in Dover? That's where I went, since it was near work...
Heather

lelc2002@yahoo
07-03-2006, 11:05 AM
yea-heather, it was St Claire's in Dover.........was real easy, no problems..actually a tiny bit light headed but feel happy!! Kind of like a high...driving was fine(25 min drive home)
2 more to go & as I said the Iron makes you feel pretty pumped.....Ly :rolleyes: :cool:

dawney
07-03-2006, 11:10 PM
I am alittle concerned because it seems that everyone has donated blood before there surgery. My surgeon said that it is my choice, but his opinion was that if I donate blood I might be anemic and more likely to need a transfusion. Has anyone else had it presented to them in that way?
Dawn

lnetzer
07-04-2006, 12:06 AM
I had the same thoughts on my son donating blood before surgery, about him getting weak, etc. but our surgeon put him on iron pills and a multi-vitamin and said that it promotes your bodies healing properties when you donate blood. I did a bit of research before our first appt. even and most of what I found was favorable to donating your own blood. Just my 2 cents worth.

LindaRacine
07-04-2006, 12:48 AM
Hi Dawn...

Please don't be concerned. I think that most of the top doctors are now telling their patients that they should not get stressed about donating blood. It's nice if the patient can do it without risking their health, but using donor blood is almost 100% safe.

Regards,
Linda

sweetness514
07-04-2006, 02:10 PM
I am alittle concerned because it seems that everyone has donated blood before there surgery. My surgeon said that it is my choice, but his opinion was that if I donate blood I might be anemic and more likely to need a transfusion. Has anyone else had it presented to them in that way?
Dawn

I hadn't had it presented to me that way, and on the contrary all doctors for all my surgeries favored me giving my own blood but even after taking iron before and after, I was a bit anemic. It's not a problem since I just have to take more iron and eat well.

Blood is tested a lot more thoroughly nowadays. I don't even know if they used mine for other patients this last time(I gave two and they didn't use any), as they told me it hadn't been tested for all they ususally test it for when they give it to another person.

Suzy
07-04-2006, 02:11 PM
Dawn,

My Dr. wanted me to make sure I donated blood with plenty of time to recover before surgery. (3 weeks.) I didn't need the blood during surgery but 2 days later. You heal better with your own blood and having a pint on hand in case you need it is good insurance. If you can't donate your own, donor blood is always a option. I checked out donor blood and it is very safe.

Shari
07-07-2006, 12:48 AM
I donated 2 units of my own blood, and both times I was good to go afterwards.

I don't know the protocol in other states, but I had to give blood with the Red Cross at a local clinic. I live in WV, and my surgery was in OH. About a week and a half after I gave my 1st unit, I received a letter from the Red Cross, stating that I had tested positive for Hep. C. I was devastated!!!

I had a blood test 2 weeks ago and I do not have Hep C. I spent a year thinking I did, and wondering how I got it!!!

Shari

lelc2002@yahoo
07-07-2006, 05:55 AM
shari-----did they mess up at the Red Cross or is it something that can go away over time?????????? They took several viles on me besides the pint & I go again this coming Monday....that made me a little nervous since I thought I had all my tests on testing day & don't need to hear I have something in my blood to hold me up........Ly :eek:

berta@aloha.net
07-07-2006, 12:52 PM
What about if you don't have the time to start donating before, since you have to travel a long distance to have your surgery? I live in Kona, Hawaii and will probably end up in SF, but won't have those weeks before hand. Up to how close to your surgery can you donate? I'm a common kind of blood, so maybe it's not as important? :confused:

dawney
07-07-2006, 02:11 PM
How many units of blood can you donate at a time?

lelc2002@yahoo
07-07-2006, 02:58 PM
I went last monday & go for 2 more Monday's & then done... I believe they can only take a pint per visit...which looking at it, was a good amount! As long as your iron is up(mine, I think was 12.9 & you have to be above 11.0...I think...) Each time you give you go down a bit on the iron levels. So they check you out each time before giving that day....so you must keep taking the iron pills & vit. c which helps out in the whole blood process... I'm taking them 3 times a day but my surgeon's nurse said if I feel too pumped up" I can go to 2 times on the iron.....The other thg I'm on is folic acid...I've also been eating sunflower seeds like there's no tomorrow & granola & peanut butter & soy nuts! I can't seem to stop all of those lately. At least they're good for me! take care, Lynne --------------------- ps. blood lasts 34 days in storage before they have to freeze it & that's evidently expensive--that's what it says on my info sheet, so that's why you do it closer to operation time. :) :) :) http://lynnebackattack.blogspot.com surg. aug 1st

Shari
07-08-2006, 01:05 AM
Lynne,

From the way my GP reacted when I told him, I assumed that the Red Cross makes mistakes often. Scarey thought isn't it!!! The Red Cross even contacted the local Health Dept. and told them I had it. So I believed it. Nothing will hold you up!!! I know your surgery date is coming soon, don't worry about things that you don't need too.

I should have gotten tested after I got that letter and I didn't. I guess I just want to tell everyone, don't make the same mistakes I did!!!

Shari

Wakatie
07-09-2006, 02:51 AM
Hi there! I have never donated blood for surgical reasons but I do donate blood reguarily to the Canadian Blood Services. I have found a few tips to make you feel as good at the end as you did at the beginning:
-Drink LOTS of water or juice that day, the more hydrated you are the better
-Avoid caffeine or limit it if you can, just for that day you are donating
-Eat something with sugar (like fruit or even a cookie) or drink some juice right before you donate
-Repeat above step right after you donate (usually they will provide something) and rest for at least 10 minutes before driving

Usually I donate blood with a friend of mine, "blood buddies" and we go out to eat right afterwards, and by the time we're done we don't even know we've donated that day! We feel great.

Good luck!

Kathryn

lelc2002@yahoo
07-12-2006, 09:59 AM
Kathryn,
that's good information... what I did the last 2 times before I went is eat a good breakfast..& drink a juice or 2..I did Mango pulp juice... The key to not being dizzy after is healthy eating before hand...Ly
ps. I can't cut the coffee/so I double up on the vit c/juice w/ coffee! :) :) :) http://lynnebackattack.blogspot.com

Wakatie
07-12-2006, 08:13 PM
To be honest I would miss the coffee too, so just drink that extra water & juice! I tried decaf but YUCK, not worth it. Heehee :) And yes, have a good meal before hand too! Food is important too.

dawney
07-12-2006, 11:35 PM
I started taking my iron pills this week, each little things brings me closer to the reality that surgery is quickly approaching