About 4 years ago, I gave blood...I didn't have to great of an experience (not having an appropriate breakfast). I was about 80% of the way through when I started feeling lightheaded and they took out the needle.
Then about 2 years ago, I tried again (trying to eat a better breakfast) but I found myself feeling woozy all over again, remembering I guess.
Any advice would be appreciated, as I really would love to be able to give blood.
Dec 17, '02
Third try is what did it for me. Heh, I was a new marine, after bootcamp, in radio school. They had a blood drive and would give you half a day off if you gave blood. I figured the first two times were a fluke, and had some how "grown up" at age 19. I didn't say anything to the phleb people about fainting, so they left me alone a minute or two. They said I drifted way out, and that my lips turned completely white.
One day when i grow up i'd like to understand how all those hormones and glands control sympathetic nervous system. You see, on the one hand, you are telling your body to relax and squeeze a ball and give blood. On the other hand, YOUR BODY is saying "whoa-if i'm loosing blood, I'm supposed to be running out of here" In some people, there are hard wired receptors that only function in a fight/flight mode, and for me it's my Hb monitors. Folks who can give blood can over-ride their sympathetic nervous circuitry. Just like I have no problem going into a steam room and hanging out for 15 minutes and some folks are hot in just 5 minutes. Everyone is different - don't beat yourself up for not giving blood, for what? I have to look up now which mechanism is involved with monitoring Hb levels in the blood. It is hard to accept, at first, you are different from others who can give blood. But just as their are type O,B,A blood...there will be folks who can't tolerate active tissue removal.
I'm surprised giving blood hasn't gone over big as a weight loss method. Lose a pound in an hour, lol!
Last edit by mario_ragucci on Dec 17, '02