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Why did I have a weird episode three days after giving blood?

I donated blood and platelets Saturday morning and felt light-headed once or twice Sunday, fine yesterday, and then this morning I suddenly got double vision and had trouble talking/walking/processing things from about 8:30 to noon. After that I felt better, and now I feel mostly fine. What happened? [more inside]
posted by good lorneing on Sep 8, 2015 - 10 answers

Can I give blood and not pass out?

There is a blood drive coming up at my workplace and I have always wanted to give blood. I am hesitating, though, because when my blood pressure drops, I tend to faint. Is there any correlation between donating blood and low blood pressure? Or do people who faint tend to do so due to dehydration or low blood sugar? [more inside]
posted by Ink-stained wretch on Apr 14, 2015 - 22 answers

Should I be worried about a blood count issue?

I regularly give blood in the UK and am currently taking part in an interval study, which involves studying the donors' blood. Yesterday, I received a letter from the organisers of the study that includes the rather alarming sentence, "We have noticed that part of your blood count is outside the range we would have expected." The letter then says, "There are no urgent issues regarding your health. However, we would like to take a second sample and recheck your blood count." Should I be worried? [more inside]
posted by badmoonrising on Sep 21, 2013 - 10 answers

Blood donation when unknowingly exposed to Hep B

I just found out a close family member has had Hepatitis B for years. I last met them a month ago; my vaccinations are up to date. Does this mean I can't donate blood for another nine months of not-seeing this family member? [more inside]
posted by undue influence on Sep 22, 2012 - 9 answers

How do I get my blood back?

I gave double red-blood-cells at the blood bank two and a half weeks ago and I've been having trouble running ever since then. I'm no one's elite runner but I was easily able to keep a 9.5 to 10 minute pace going for three miles and now I can't do that for a mile. How do I recover as quickly as possible? [more inside]
posted by octothorpe on Sep 3, 2012 - 12 answers

Is blood donation an efficient way to help others?

When I donate blood or platelets, how much am I helping others? Is this an efficient form of community work? Donating platelets takes a couple of hours. Should I be working those hours and donating the money or volunteering in some more active way? [more inside]
posted by Area Man on May 8, 2012 - 37 answers

No Blood From You!

Rejected for blood donation due to 7 hours in Honduras?! Can they really be that picky? [more inside]
posted by Leezie on Jan 13, 2012 - 21 answers

What are the benefits (to the donor) of a platelet/plasma donation?

What are the benefits (to the donor) of a platelet/plasma donation? [more inside]
posted by MrBCID on Mar 6, 2011 - 14 answers

Is My Blood Worth Anything?

Last month, I gave blood for the first time. I'm glad I did it, and as a bonus I was finally able to figure out my blood type. Now I'm curious if, based on my blood type, my blood is worth more/less/the same as any other blood type? Which donor types are generally perfered over others? There's the universal and valuable O- of course, but what about the others? [more inside]
posted by cgg on Nov 15, 2010 - 27 answers

Blood-product donation: which is the best type for AB+?

My blood type is AB+. What's the best kind of blood-product donation I can do? And where in the DC area should I go to do so? [more inside]
posted by lash on Jul 8, 2010 - 13 answers

Need to feel better after whole blood donation.

I donated blood almost a week ago and still feel weak. Has this happened to anyone else? When will I start feeling better? [more inside]
posted by rainygrl716 on May 8, 2010 - 19 answers

What is the benefit of "double red" blood donation over whole blood donation?

What is the benefit of "double red" blood donation over whole blood donation? [more inside]
posted by Nothlit on May 8, 2010 - 6 answers

Blood, sweat, but no tears

Why did I sweat so profusely when I donated blood? [more inside]
posted by dfriedman on Mar 18, 2010 - 14 answers

Can I donate my gay blood?

Saying that you have had sex with a man ("even once") disqualifies you for blood donation most places. But I know I don't have HIV. Is it ethical to lie on the intake survey so I can still donate? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 27, 2010 - 106 answers

Why don't they want female platelets?

Why are females not allowed to donate platelets in the UK? [more inside]
posted by penguinliz on May 11, 2009 - 13 answers

Hep B Antibody Production

What factors affect the amount of antibodies you produce after a Hep B immunization shot? [more inside]
posted by Jenna Roadman on Mar 30, 2009 - 3 answers

There Will Be Blood... And Poop

Was my poop weird because I donated blood? SFW but contains qualitative poop analysis. Really. [more inside]
posted by mindsound on Feb 29, 2008 - 9 answers

He's no blue blood, but it's still worth something.

What's the value of blood donations? Is some blood worth more than other blood? [more inside]
posted by kendrak on Jan 7, 2008 - 14 answers

How do I get iron in my blood quickly?

How can I temporarily boost my blood iron levels for the next 24 hours? [more inside]
posted by yarrow on Oct 23, 2007 - 21 answers

Why are my veins too small?!

Would prolonged laxative use cause my veins to become more narrow? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 21, 2007 - 6 answers

Blood to a stone

Really, we want to give blood. [more inside]
posted by jvilter on Dec 8, 2006 - 13 answers

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