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    First time I tried they found it very hard to get a good vein even then there was not a lot of blood. Second time I tried I fainted before they even got the needle into me. I haven't tried again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ Nette View Post
    I'm going to bump this one. With a few hubbers having some bad news lately. A reminder that one of the biggest needs for blood is for cancer patients.
    Great idea, might try and make an appointment for this week. I'm in Vic so a bit of me may actually help @Hollywood daughter.

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    Thank you for the reminder. I have never given blood, but now I am not breastfeeding anymore I plan on doing it.

    I needed multiple blood transfusions after DS1 was born due to PPH from my placenta pravia, and I am so grateful that I was given this very important gift. I would like to pay it forward so to speak.

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    I have given blood 3 times. I fainted 3 times (badly lol). My blood pressure drops and stays low for a few days. I still want to attempt again after I have this bub and finish BF.

    My DH gives blood regularly (he doesn't faint!). He has started to enjoy it a little - goes in the morning and has some morning tea after

    I think it is such an amazing gift you could give someone if you are able to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twinklify View Post
    I have given blood 3 times. I fainted 3 times (badly lol). My blood pressure drops and stays low for a few days. I still want to attempt again after I have this bub and finish BF.

    My DH gives blood regularly (he doesn't faint!). He has started to enjoy it a little - goes in the morning and has some morning tea after

    I think it is such an amazing gift you could give someone if you are able to.
    Do you drink HEAPS before you go? Eat food?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wise Enough View Post
    Great idea, might try and make an appointment for this week. I'm in Vic so a bit of me may actually help @Hollywood daughter.
    Well done! We are actually in hospital today and DD is having a platelet transfusion. We are very grateful for everyone who donates blood/plasma/platelets

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    Hubby & I are going this weekend hopefully to donate. A new clinic has opened near us.

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    I've done it a few times, last time they struggled so much to get the needle in my vein, despite me drinking about 4L of water the day prior and 1L that morning as well as putting a heat pack on my arm! I was booked in for Saturday just gone but had to cancel because a few things came up. I'm planning on TTC later this month so will book back in soon so I can one last donation in!

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    I used to donate every 4 months when I lived in the uk. I get really frustrated because I'm not allowed to donate in Australia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wise Enough View Post
    Do you drink HEAPS before you go? Eat food?
    I never drank heaps as I always worried about blood going too quickly. I kept quite hydrated though.

    Also I ate before going in - not right before but I was not hungry.

    Quote Originally Posted by meredithgrey View Post
    They may not let you try to donate again. As great as giving blood is, you don't want it to be detrimental to your own health.
    I think I just want to try once more. If it doesn't work then its not something I can do and I'll be ok with that then.


 

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