Disappointing but What can We do?

United States
June 28, 2011 6:04pm CST
Well, my daughter and I went to donate blood today. I was doing okay until I went to stand up and got dizzy. Then I was feeling light headed for a long time after so they wouldn't take me. Then daughter tested low on iron so they wouldn't take her. We are disappointed but maybe next time, eh? At least we are aware and don't try to do what we shouldn't.
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@inu1711 (5288)
• Romania
29 Jun 11
Hello Alaskanray, It was good for them that they tested you before donating. I donate blood once or twice a year but the only test they make here is to see if I'm low on sugar. Of course, they run some other tests before using the blood but they should probably run them before taking the blood, like they do in your case. Once, when I donated blood, I left the hospital and I went to the office. I felt a little dizzy and all of a sudden I collapsed. I hit a safe while falling and I tore my lip. I had two stitches and I ate through a straw for 6 days.
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• United States
29 Jun 11
The Red Cross follows very strict guidelines for taking blood. I also pay close attention to how I am feeling. The dizziness I felt took me by surprise but I immediately reported it as I knew they wouldn't want me to donate if I wasn't feeling well.
@RitterSport (2452)
• Lippstadt, Germany
30 Jun 11
hi alaskanray I have donated blood a number of times and normally I even feel better after donating than I do before. But I am diabetic now and first made sure I am allowed to donate again now in spite of the meds. Will have to wait for the next opportunity close to work to go and donate. Sorry that it didnt work out for you this time oep you can donate in the future.
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• United States
1 Jul 11
Thanks, Ritter. I, too, am diabetic but don't take any meds currently and have never been on insulin so am able to donate. Last time I was able to but this time I was just not feeling up to it. Hoping next time I'll be feeling better. Cheers!
• Lippstadt, Germany
1 Jul 11
hi alaskanray never been on insulin so far as well, only meds in the morning and thats okay. cheers have a great weekend
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• United States
1 Jul 11
Good for you, Ritter. My goal is to never take insulin. I watched my mother for years suffer through the finger pokes and then the insulin shots and swore I'd never go through that, no matter how many years it added to my life. I would rather go into a diabetic coma and just let the disease take me. I'm pretty radical in my attitude, though. We all have our own choices to make, right? Right now I'm able to manage with just watching my sweets and avoiding refined flour/sugar as much as possible. My A1Cs are good, though, so I am hopeful that I will never have to worry about it.
@GardenGerty (93558)
• Marion, Kansas
29 Jun 11
A tip my husband was given is to eat raisins for a few days before he goes to give blood. I hope you are eating well to keep you healthy. If you do that, you should be able to give blood the next time.
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• United States
29 Jun 11
Thanks for the tip. Raisins are usually too sweet for me but I do love to eat them sometimes.
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@GardenGerty (93558)
• Marion, Kansas
29 Jun 11
Yeah, but they are cheaper than steak.
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• United States
1 Jul 11
Sometimes...I do like to put them in my granola and other things I make. I just can't handle all that sugar straight...besides the diabetes factor, I just don't like sweets all that much and raisins are actually sweeter than most candies! I do try to eat well. It's not easy on my budget but I manage somehow. My daughter and I look forward to the beginning of each month when we can eat well. Making it stretch to the end of the month is a challenge, though.
@alquizar (480)
• Philippines
7 Jul 11
At least you and your daughter know already that donating blood this time is not good for both of you.I thought before that I am not qualified to donate blood but luckily I was able to donate blood to my uncle and other relatives.I already donated blood for already 6 times and I am not worried about it even though I am a woman and you know what i mean.I just eat and sleep a lot because they say sleeping also helps us in transforming red blood cells to our body.Hope you and your daughter can donate blood soon.God bless:)
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• United States
7 Jul 11
God bless you, too, my friend. We all do what we can, don't we? We just need to make sure we can before we try.
@louievill (17110)
• Philippines
29 Jun 11
hello friend, there are certain criteria before you can donate blood, please just don't do it if it's gonna cause harm any to any of you, let's find and discuss better ways we can help if that is your purpose why you want to donate blood. Yes those medical personnel will not get you as a donor if you do not pass the screening, they have a strict code of medical ethics that they follow.
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• United States
29 Jun 11
Yes, I know that the Red Cross follows very strict guidelines. I am also very careful about what I do. Since I have become more fragile in my older age, I pay very close attention to what my body tells me. When I got dizzy I reported it immediately to the volunteers at the blood drive. It was disappointing but I don't sacrifice my well-being just in order to give. It's not a wise thing to do.
@dlpierce (476)
• United States
29 Jun 11
Maybe your iron is low as well as your daughter's. Eat eggs, the yolk is high in iron. Eggs are full of vitamins, minerals, and proteins.
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• United States
29 Jun 11
lol...we do eat a lot of high iron foods...eggs, red meat, spinach and the like. I'm thinking that she needs a supplement. My iron has been historically good. I'm thinking my problem was more that I've been pushing myself lately and not eating enough. Next time I will be better prepared.
@AFI34974 (61)
• United States
28 Jun 11
Do you know why you and your daughter were having such problems? You might want to go get it checked out to be on the safe side, little things can easily become quite dangerous!
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• United States
29 Jun 11
Yeh, I have been having some disturbing changes in my health of late. My daughter isn't very anemic, just one point under where they wanted her to be. They said that her monthly cycle was probably to blame. As women we lose a lot of iron through that. She is supposed to see the doc on the 13th and we will ask about a possible need for an iron supplement for her.
@akangirl (2437)
• India
28 Jun 11
wow that's a good deed you went to do friend. you can do it next time but atleast you got to know your daughter is low in iron so you can focus on improving her iron level. I have heard spinach has good iron level, you can give it a try. Best of luck and god bless you
• United States
29 Jun 11
We do eat a lot of spinach and red meat, both good sources of iron. I think we are going to have to put my daughter on an iron supplement, though. She is supposed to see the doc on the 13th and we will ask about that then. Thanks.
@marguicha (83790)
• Chile
28 Jun 11
Maybe with your health problñems you should not donate blood, alaskanray. There are lots odf things you can do for other people that don´t involve getting your health worse. Be careful! Take care!
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• United States
29 Jun 11
I am careful, my friend. I enjoy giving blood but am not about to force the issue if I feel under the weather. Maybe next time I'll feel better and be able to do it. I believe this was just a momentary situation brought on by too much physical exertion over the past week and too little food this morning.