1st time blood donor in the house! Last Wednesday, Mike and I made our first contribution to the Canadian blood bank. It was a full-service experience.
Here’s what you should know.
1. You will need to dedicate about an hour to the whole process.
2. You cannot donate blood if you are sick so STAY healthy.
3. Drink lots of water in the 24 hours leading up to your blood donation.
4. Eat a square meal within 2 hours of donating blood. Or if you are in between meals, eat a wholesome carbohydrate snack with decent sugar content to sustain your blood sugar levels.
5. Avoid drinking caffeinated beverages on the day of donation.
6. Bring photo ID with you.
7. Be prepared to answer numerous questions and to fill out forms prior to your donation.
8. You will need to pass the hemoglobin* test before you can be considered to donate. A little pin prick will do the trick.
9. Take a deep breath and relax. It will be over before you know it.
10. Bring a book or your iPod to pass the time and keep yourself distracted.
11. After you have completed the process of donation, sit for a bit, drink some water and eat a snack.
12. Refrain from any heavy brain or body work for the rest of the day.
*A necessary rant: For nearly 2/3 of my life (i.e. almost 20 years), I have been a vegetarian/vegan. If I had a nickel for every person who has purported that I must be anemic or lead a grossly unhealthy existence because of insufficient iron in my non-meat diet, I would have piggy banks full of coins. I was very pleased that my iron levels were assessed at 138. The normal/healthy range for women is 120 to 160. So basically I ROCK!
#29 is done!