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Old 09-19-04, 02:24 PM
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Question Extremely tired the day after donating blood...

Ok, so yesterday at a health fair here, I donated blood for the first time in my life....it was cool and all, nothing to be freaked out about...I used to be like "nuh uh not gonna get them to take my blood" but I'm over that (I'm Miss yah yah baby when they take blood for blood tests!)

Anyway...today, I am EXHAUSTED. I didn't bother getting out of bed for church (ack hope the praise and worship leader's not mad at me), hubby's doing the front lawn mowing which I am supposed to be doing, and I can barely move....

Is this normal? Anyone else who donates blood felt like this? I am otherwise in good health, and I was ok during the day yesterday after I donated. I am also taking in the iron and fluids they said to after, so I dunno why I feel so bushed.
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Old 09-19-04, 05:54 PM
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Coulds just be getting sick, shugga...Unless anemic...which is doubtful cause u did take iron pills....I hope ya feel better... I hope not fludoot
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Old 09-19-04, 06:20 PM
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I wouldn't worry about it unless the problem doesn't go away.

Congrats to you. I keep meaning to donate blood again (I've done it twice) but I keep forgetting to.
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Old 09-19-04, 06:27 PM
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I'm too afraid of the needless..Ick! Beside I give blood one week out of tha.....NM
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LMAO Mello
ack ok if me not feel better by tomorrow, I'll scream
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Old 09-19-04, 06:38 PM
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I'll cry If not feel better tommorrow...docdoot may help
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Good on you Jaime.

I'm with Mel... a bit of a weenie when it comes to things invading my skin. Maybe one day I'll be up to giving blood. I'm so pumped to hear you took up the call. I'm so envious!
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Haha.

I used to donate a bit but started getting nauseous/sick each time after I stopped exercising regularly...but then I'm also small and my blood pressure says I'm nearly dead.

My thoughts are to keep up the water and eat things with decent amounts of sugar, like fruit, sodas, cookies. If it doesn't help, maybe try calling a Red Cross help line for suggestions or go to their website.

Good luck and hope you feel better. ((hugs))
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I quit donating blood, because everytime I did, I was useless for the rest of the day (don't remember it affecting me the next day though). My school occasionally had the blood team in the lounge, and after giving blood, I could not attend to my classes at all. My blood pressure is low, and I am constantly craving sweets - not sure if the two are related, and not sure if it has anything to do with ADD. Though sometimes I think the sweet cravings may be an attempt to stimulate myself - or not. Susan
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Melly... you can't be a weenie.. it's a guy thang..
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Thanks for all of the replies...I feel much better today....
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Glad your feeling better

I tried to donate blood once, but they wouldn't let me as i was still breast feeding at the time. I'm ashamed to admit i never tried again, but now you have mentioned it I think i will see if i can give now. as if i remember correctly they said that would like my blood as its AB- and they never have many of us donating
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Blood donation

I have that "Sluggish" day after blood donation. My doc put me on Hemocyte Plus (prescription iron pill) and I take it a month prior to donation and I dont have that feeling. I take it a couple of weeks after donation too because I dontate often or I was till they hit a nerve and now I am afraid to have it done again.
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glad yr feeling better today Jaimie . i remember that the first coupla times i donated it was a coupla days before i felt almost "normal" again. it does take the starch outta a body. hope that doesnt deter you from doing it again tho.
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