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Hey there! I'm the OP :) I'm so happy this actually got published! Ok so just to clarify things I'm well over the minimum weight to donate and I ate food and drank liquids before, during, and after the donation. It was an hour later and we went to a place called organ stop pizza (lovely restaurant in AZ) and I started feeling dizzy most likely because the lights started flashing and loud music was playing. I got up to go to the bathroom (to puke :P) and on my way there I passed out. But I fell on my knees and caught myself before blacking out. The ambulance came and said all my levels were normal besides my low blood pressure and they let me go home to lie down and eat ice cream. So sorry for the long post but if you read this far then I love you! PS this incident won't stop me from donating again (I'm AB+) I'll just tell them to maybe do a reduced volume next time :)
By hi_there4397 - / Friday 14 June 2013 04:39 / United States - Gilbert
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By  hi_there4397  |  18

Hey there! I'm the OP :) I'm so happy this actually got published! Ok so just to clarify things I'm well over the minimum weight to donate and I ate food and drank liquids before, during, and after the donation. It was an hour later and we went to a place called organ stop pizza (lovely restaurant in AZ) and I started feeling dizzy most likely because the lights started flashing and loud music was playing. I got up to go to the bathroom (to puke :P) and on my way there I passed out. But I fell on my knees and caught myself before blacking out. The ambulance came and said all my levels were normal besides my low blood pressure and they let me go home to lie down and eat ice cream. So sorry for the long post but if you read this far then I love you! PS this incident won't stop me from donating again (I'm AB+) I'll just tell them to maybe do a reduced volume next time :)

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  hi_there4397  |  18

Hey there! I'm the OP :) I'm so happy this actually got published! Ok so just to clarify things I'm well over the minimum weight to donate and I ate food and drank liquids before, during, and after the donation. It was an hour later and we went to a place called organ stop pizza (lovely restaurant in AZ) and I started feeling dizzy most likely because the lights started flashing and loud music was playing. I got up to go to the bathroom (to puke :P) and on my way there I passed out. But I fell on my knees and caught myself before blacking out. The ambulance came and said all my levels were normal besides my low blood pressure and they let me go home to lie down and eat ice cream. So sorry for the long post but if you read this far then I love you! PS this incident won't stop me from donating again (I'm AB+) I'll just tell them to maybe do a reduced volume next time :)

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  Axipiter  |  24

Good for you OP, I hope this doesn't deter you from donating again in the future. I hate to spew propaganda, but you just potentially saved three lives, as I'm sure you've heard time and again. Pilots are not allowed to fly within 48 hours of donating, so it's somewhat known that you might still feel effects from it at least within the next 24 hours. I donated three times, went in for my fourth, and almost passed out after the finger prick. So it might have just been an anomaly, it can have different effects on the same person. All in all though, good on you, hope you're alright!

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  jkmartinjk  |  16

Too many negative votes, comment buried. Show the comment

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  hi_there4397  |  18

#54 yeah I didn't need the ambulance but the restaurant owner said he had to call them for legal reasons. And #51 yes I love my FFA family! I've only been in for 2 years but that's because I'm going into my junior year in the end of July, I'm still just a baby :P

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  beclaurela  |  16

Reducing the volume doesn't guarantee you won't pass out. I passed out once and donated after, with the same volume and was perfectly fine. I would try again before reducing the volume. ^^

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  Ilmoran  |  14

59: depends if you're talking about blood or plasma. Plasma, you can only donate to other O types, but whole blood/red cells, all + blood types can accept from you. Only more compatible type for whole blood is O-

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  cherylrenee  |  14

The first time I donated I felt really sick and actually slept for hours, having to miss a parade for band. It gets better after a few times & it's really awesome for you to donate. :D

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  pchaney24  |  6

It's ok. I had just turned 16 and it was my first time giving blood and I am way over minimum weight, I had eaten and I wasn't afraid of needles or blood but I was sitting in the chair and giving blood doing good but when I was almost done I had started to get dizzy and passed out. When I had woken up nurses were all around me and I had wet my pants. In my defense though they say that when you pass out you can't really help it. But at least you didn't wet your pants.

By  Morgiepoooh9822  |  17

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  skyttlz  |  32

I donated once. I had a long recovery and definitely wasn't feeling well for days after. It's a good thing to do, but not everyone is able to.

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  ohSNAPyall  |  26

I hope you didn't turn it down because you were going to lunch later. That's dangerous, especially if you were driving. I'm going to give blood today and eat the free cookies and Gatorade.

By  catanita  |  13

There is nothing to worry about, OP. People react different after giving blood. Some experience some dizziness, some faint. For those who voted that she deserves it, why does she? I hope you do not ever need blood and not be anyone to donate.

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