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Gave blood for the first time


Ok, so this isn't really a triumph over SA as it is over generalized anxiety. Basically I hate needles (who doesn't) but I have never been a baby about it or anything, until one day i was getting blood-work at a lab and the phlebotomist literally collapsed a huge vein in my arm and it was EXTREMELY PAINFUL. The incident basically traumatized me because the dude literally was jabbing my arm like 6 times before the vein collapsed and I really am not over exaggerating at all here. The only reason i didn't say anything was because my mom (who is a nurse) was right freaking there watching, and i didn't want to appear wimpy and i thought she would say something if it was as bad as i thought. Turns out afterwards she felt horrible and was just too scared to say anything (great parenting, not; but she has anxiety also so meh). Anywho, i saw the big red bus as my school today and decided to be brave and everything went well. So yeah, i am proud of myself. Now time for me to take a nap.

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good job. i donate blood sometimes but it takes a long time because my veins are weak (or too small, i don't remember what they told me) so it takes longer for the blood to get out. i don't mind the needles but they feel uncomfortable.
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That's nice, i've done it 2 times, was mainly to skip classes and have some food lol.
I know my blood type since then.


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So this really wasn't the first time? Meh I give when I can.

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I won't give blood again. The first time I gave blood, when I got up afterwards I started feeling all dizzy. Had to lie down again for 30 minutes and drink juice. I only gave half the amount my boyfriend gave at the time.

Even though I have the minimum weight required, I think I'm just too small of a person to give blood. I just have enough weight since I'm pudgy.

At least I did find out my blood type from this. A positive.
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never have but may do one day as I`ve heard they give you a biscuit afterwards?
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I can't believe how many Americans don't know their blood type even though they go to the doctor frequently.
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I can't believe how many Americans don't know their blood type even though they go to the doctor frequently.
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So this really wasn't the first time? Meh I give when I can.
No, this was the first time i ever donated blood. I have had my blood drawn before, but never for donating.

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never have but may do one day as I`ve heard they give you a biscuit afterwards?
I did get a free movie ticket :P

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Lol when I first donated blood, the doctor had to readjust the needle like 7 times because I "dried out" constantly
Small inconveniences aside, donating blood is awesome, especially if you have SA. You don't need to talk to people and maybe save someones life.
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I can't believe how many Americans don't know their blood type even though they go to the doctor frequently.
I don't know my blood type. However, I've always wanted to know. They just tell me the results, but I never thought to ask them if they know my blood type from the exam. hhmmm maybe next time.

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Nice done man, I have an issue with needles as well. I have donated 2 times, first time I have passed out and the second time was a bit better but I still was bit sick for 2 days.

I want to overcome my fear and donate again.
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Yeh, did it twice, got low iron, never again.
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Yeh, did it twice, got low iron, never again.
It wasn't until i entered the van and was signing the form that they told me that. I was actually really surprised. How did you figure out that your iron levels were low?

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It wasn't until i entered the van and was signing the form that they told me that. I was actually really surprised. How did you figure out that your iron levels were low?
Oh, I just was feeling exhausted and fatigued a lot. I had to keep getting the doctors to test things, and my serum iron came back low (my haemoglobin was fine), also got ferritin tested (which is the stored iron) and that was getting on the low side. Also a ***** to get back up because the regular iron tablets are savage on the stomach.
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Oh, I just was feeling exhausted and fatigued a lot. I had to keep getting the doctors to test things, and my serum iron came back low (my haemoglobin was fine), also got ferritin tested (which is the stored iron) and that was getting on the low side. Also a ***** to get back up because the regular iron tablets are savage on the stomach.
Dang. After donating did you wait the required time until getting your blood drawn again or were u just unlucky?

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I would love to give blood but my phobia of needles is extreme. I always cry and have had multiple panic attacks over it (probably the only thing that has given me legitimate panic attacks). One time a nurse had to strap me to a table to give me a shot (she told me I was shaking too violently) I bought a diy blood type test kit but was even too afraid to use the pricker on myself.

One day I will challenge myself but not now...
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I would love to give blood but my phobia of needles is extreme. I always cry and have had multiple panic attacks over it (probably the only thing that has given me legitimate panic attacks). One time a nurse had to strap me to a table to give me a shot (she told me I was shaking too violently) I bought a diy blood type test kit but was even too afraid to use the pricker on myself.

One day I will challenge myself but not now...
If it is that extreme of a fear then don't do it. There are plenty of people who donate so don't feel bad

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cool.

i enjoyed having the needle go into my vein.
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