Tuesday, 10 March 2015

My Experience Giving Blood

Hi there,

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On Thursday the 5th of this month I gave blood -yay, fun, party- and I'm sharing my experience in case anyone who stumbles across this post is thinking of giving blood and wants to find out how people's bodies have reacted to it.

My dad has O Negative blood and my mum has Rhesus Negative, so I'm going to have one or the other...pretty sure that's how it works, but these two are kind of special blood types as O Negative can be given to anyone -apart from Rhesus Negative, as Rhesus Negative blood type can only be treated with Rhesus Negative, not sure why that just how it goes and my parents found that out when my dad couldn't give my mum blood after giving birth to my older brother. I find out which one I am in about 3-5 weeks now.

My dad gave me a few pointers, as he's no stranger to giving blood, get a good night sleep, drink lots of water 24 hours before and at least 16oz in the morning, have a good breakfast, and if you can lunch, eat greens to get your iron levels up, So I, like a good girl, had porridge for breakfast and a vegetable salad for lunch to boost my iron levels, and I went a bit over board with the water and over 40oz, well at least it's good for me.

From the start there were some physical complications as I didn't know my weight, I'm 5'1, and when you are under 20 years of age they take precautions about height and weight so you are less likely to faint, so my nurse asked me if she thinks I'm over 10 stone, now the last time I weighed myself, which was sometime last year, I  was 10 stone on the dot, so I opted to say 'yes I was', assuming I had gained weight since then, so she pricked my ring finger and sent me on my way. 

The needle didn't hurt, nor did the process of actually giving blood, I started to feel a little tired during but not faint or dizzy and my nurse had banter so I was chatting away to her about going abroad and stuff like that, and I found out that they separate your blood into three categories, red blood cells, white blood cells and 
platelets so I can save someone's life three different ways. It was when the blood pressure bag thing came off that I started to feel faint -I had an idea of how it was going to 'end', which was needle out, blood pressure bag off, and that didn't happen so my body just kind of went 'Oh no I wasn't expecting that!', I immediately felt nauseous and light headed, the bed was tilted upside down, and I was put into the recovery position *TMI warning* I was sick a few times *TMI over* and almost fainted, my nurse rang my dad and after I started to get my colour back, gave me a cup of tea and biscuits -she took pity on me and gave me her biscuits, the good ones she had bought for herself, again I loved my nurse. After my dad stopped making fun of me, I was taken home, given proper food and then put to bed,

My experience was very much so different to my friends, the worst they felt was tired, other completely fine, it hadn't phased them at all, so keep in mind this is just my own personal experience to giving blood.

The day after my arm was still pretty heavy and a little sore to bend, I also weighed myself and I was under 10 stone, so I was under the suggested weight for my height and that was another reason I reacted badly to giving blood. I recommend knowing your weight and height before going if you are under 20 -they don't ask after that- and following my dad preparation pointers, I think I would have reacted a lot worst if I hadn't listened to him. 

I may have reacted badly to giving blood this time but I will still go again in 6 months time to give more, throwing up and feeling faint for a few hours after is nothing in comparison to helping save someone's life, I can handle not being on top form for a few hours in order to do that.

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Love, Coley xx