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What to Expect when you Donate Blood



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Donating blood is one of those experiences that most people acknowledge to be a positive act of service as it relates to involvement in society. However, there are plenty of individuals who may be nervous to partake in experience since it cannot exactly be done without at least a small amount of discomfort. In addition, some people avoid giving blood because they are hesitant to give up their time, which is always seen as a valuable personal commodity. If people do decide to donate blood, they should assume that certain things may occur during or after the experience. Here are a few things that people may be able to anticipate.

Physical issues

As mentioned, there can be some physical discomfort when donating blood. Despite the advances in medical technology, blood still needs to be drawn by inserting a very sharp needle into a vein. This can cause pain in some people, and the presence of a needle is exactly why some people do not donate. In addition, there are situations where veins are not cooperative and even experienced medical personnel have trouble getting a good "draw." In those cases they may need to move the needle a bit or switch to a different arm.

Fatigue

If people donate a pint of blood, the process does not take terribly long. Donating plasma or platelets can take a good deal longer, so people that engage in those processes should budget more time. Regardless of the donation type, people can expect to feel some level of fatigue after donating. When people donate a pint of blood, officials will have the person sit for at least 15-20 minutes, drink something like juice, and re-charge their blood sugar with something like a package of cookies. After they feel ready to leave, they are strongly advised to drink a lot of fluids and avoid heavy lifting and exercise for at least 24 hours. This allows the body to recover from the donation experience.

Someone in need

Despite a few minor physical challenges associated with donating blood, people should not shy away from the process. People need blood every day, and hospitals are constantly hoping that supplies of blood do not run short at critical times. Donating blood can be a bit uncomfortable and inconvenient, but it is an ongoing need and healthy individuals should be willing to help their community by giving their blood. At some point people may need a transfusion themselves and when that happens they will undoubtedly be grateful for those who took the time to donate for their need.

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