Have you ever gotten your blood drawn?

United States
February 5, 2007 8:34pm CST
They had a blood drive at my school and I decided that I would participate since its for a good cause. Well I didn't think it would be that bad until I got there, then I got really nervous. I layed in the bed and I held my friends hand so tight I think I hurt him , I'm very afraid of needles! It also kind of freaked me out when they kind of squeezed the bag of blood to mix it , and then when they picked up the bag after I was done they set it on my stomach. And later that day I passed out, and was brought back to the drive so the nurses could take care of me lol. I did not like it one bit! But maybe next time will be a little less nerve wrecking, I will probably do it again. What about you? Any bad expierences? Or is it not a problem for you?
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84 responses
• United States
6 Feb 07
I've donated blood many times throughout my life and have never had trouble doing it. I've never felt faint or anything either. Good for you though, on donating. It's a very worthwhile thing to do. You know you can also have it credited to yourself or your family at your local hospital in case the need ever arises to have use of it during a hospital stay.
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• United States
6 Feb 07
Oh really? I've never heard of the whole crediting thing, thats kind of interesting. I will look into that the next time I give blood.
• United States
6 Feb 07
When I had my twins I had severe preeclampsia and HELLP. I had no platletts to clot my blood and bled into every organ in my body. I received a TON of both plasma and blood transfussions. I have given blood every since then. Before that, when I was in college I would "donate" plasma for money. I also played lab rat in other medical facilities. I have had numerous operations and needles no longer bother me at all. Although I am looking at getting a couple of cortizone shots in my upper stomach where I have a large painful scar. I am TERRIFIED at the thought of getting a shot in my scar. Keep donating blood! It does so much good for your city and or county. It is needed badly!
• United States
6 Feb 07
Wow! Thanks for the response. That sounds horrible, but I'm sure you will be fine! But yes hopefully I will get used to it sometime! I will keep giving blood even though it scares me very much lol.
• United States
6 Feb 07
I used to be terrrrrrible at getting my blood taken. I'm anemic, so I now have to get my blood taken kind of frequently. I also get tested for mono frequently. So, I'm okay with them taking a little bit if blood: a couple vials, maybe. I've alwyas wanted to give back, though, and give blood. But I'm afraid of the bigger needles/ taking more blood. Also, since I am anemic, I am disqualified from giving blood. :(
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• United States
6 Feb 07
Oh that must be horrible I can't even imagine getting blood taken from me that much. When the nurse poked my finger for blood for a quick test I almost had a heart attack! I don't think I could do it that much. Thanks for the reply!
@Ravenladyj (22937)
• United States
6 Feb 07
I had to give blood twice for my son...the first time sucked but I'd just given birth hours before havign to go so that is a huge factor....I dont care for the needles in the slightest but the woman I dealt with both times was really cool and eased my mind etc..
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• United States
6 Feb 07
The first time is a bit nerve racking, but if you decide to give again it won't be as bad, since you know what is being done now. I have given blood 6 times. The first time I was real nervous, but I have given so much now that by that sixth time it did not bother me. Went in with the attitude "alright let's just get this over with" lol. I give blood as much as I can because I have a rare blood type and you just never know when the doc's are gonna need it...heck come to think of it, you never know if someday you will need it.
• United States
7 Feb 07
i use to be scared but after 2 or 3 u get over it
• United States
6 Feb 07
I donate blood every 52 days without fail. I still get rather weak but have yet to pass out. I have been donating blood since junior high and I have now been out of school since 2000. Unless told otherwise I will continue to donate blood until I no longer can. Just know how many lives are saved by us "needlewimps" donating blood for them. People of all ages benefit from our generosity.
• Nigeria
6 Feb 07
but what benefir is it?...
@lucifer (101)
• India
6 Feb 07
i thought i was silly because i felt the same wasy wen i donated blood for the first time..that would be 2 years back..i thought it was no big deal until was on the bed..i got kinda freaked out..i had no idea wat was coming and was wishing that i never did volunteer..but i have to tell u friend,u wont feel like that anymore..i have donated a couple of times after that and ther was no problem..and i also feel so good because i think i did something good..u never know.. it might have gave someone another day of life...
@lucifer (101)
• India
6 Feb 07
sry abt the spelling mistakes.. :P
@gemirios (55)
• Pakistan
6 Feb 07
Well...i have also donated blood to a blood bank. Infact it was a whole bag of blood. While I was at it, I never realized that how much blood was being drawn :P may be 'cuz i laid on the bed with my eyes closed thinking that this is gonna take ages lolsss ... but once it was over I noticed they had sucked a FULL bag (no wonder why I craved for couple litres of orange juice - hahahahaaa). But hey! I was kewl :D
• United States
6 Feb 07
Lol yes I was shocked at the amount of blood they took out of me, I didn't think it would be that much! Thanks for the response.
@toonatoons (3739)
• Philippines
7 Feb 07
donating blood is always a good cause. if i weren't anemic at all, i would donate blood often. the only bad experience i remember having was when i had my blood drawn for some routine lab tests. i felt sick to my stomach watching the blood go up to the medical technician's tube. i almost fainted right there and then.
• China
7 Feb 07
Yeah, I've had my blood drawn a million times. I don't really think it hurts at all, nor is it scary. I watch them put the needle in and take it out, its no big deal.
@firoafame (359)
• Thiruvananthapuram, India
7 Feb 07
i have pocked my finger more than once in the biology lab for two experiments. it was really painful. i hate to that. but i got to do it again for the exam.
@gemini1960 (1162)
• Philippines
7 Feb 07
i always gotten my blood drawn and its for a price mind you..especially if i dont have money..thats what i do when im still single and very irresponsible...but now no more, i dont feel anything while it was drawn in my arms
@lameran (1148)
• Indonesia
7 Feb 07
I'm allready trying blood drawn once arround 4 years ago, this blood drawn is taken for my father, he need a blood and luckyly my blood type is the same with him, when first came to the redcross place to take my blood, emmm I'm very nurvous, the nurse ask me to laydown on the bed, and get the needle on my right hand arm, when I saw the needle, Ouch the needle is so big compare to the needle for injection medicine, is aaround as big as my bolpoint refill, but when she push it in to my arm, It ins't so hurt, just like bite by ant, after the blood drawn the redcross give me a glass of chocolate milk and medicine to gain blood like sangobion (I don't know is out there also had a medicine that call sangobion)
@pomery (22)
• Australia
7 Feb 07
g,day from oz, giving blood is one of little things we can give back to help people who have had serious injury. it also makes you feel good as your body creates new cells, in oz you can give blood every 3 months so keep it up and help save a live yours pomery
@clod0327 (817)
• Philippines
7 Feb 07
Every year we have an annual checkup and blood is always drwan from us as sample for the different blood exam they have to do. I have done it many times alrady but it is always a scary experince for me. I really don't have bad experience like yours, but just imaging a needle being pricked on me scares me so much. So what i always do, everytime they have to draw blood from me, I don't watch while the nurse is doing it. I always look away and just wait for everything to be finish.
• United States
7 Feb 07
I've donated a few gallons total of blood in my lifetime. I only had a problem once when the nurse wasn't able to get the needle in, and I ended up with a nasty bruise. The problem I experience is a few days later, I always end up getting sick. A nasty cold, the flu, you name it. I stopped giving blood because I always ended up with some nasty infection a few days later. Most likely because my immune system wasn't that great when I gave. You've done a good deed. Be proud of yourself!! You can give every 8 weeks, you might want to wait a little longer till the next time. Best of luck to you!! :-)
• Philippines
7 Feb 07
Reading your story makes me not wanna donate too! Although I really cant participate in any blood drives because I am less than 100 lbs so Im not qualified. The doctor says I should just keep my blood and help in other ways.
• India
7 Feb 07
yes
@joelofcow (193)
• United States
7 Feb 07
have u ever got blood taken out of u before?u know lke if your sick or somethig doctors do it
@Idlewild (6094)
• United States
7 Feb 07
I donate blood every few months, it's a good thing to do. I like medicine and medical things, so I actually watch my blood flow into the bag; it's kind of fascinating to me. I don't mind being jabbed with the needle as long as they get it right the first time and don't have to do it twice on the same visit!