I have an appointment tomorrow to give blood for the very first time. I’m scared and excited and nervous and feeling kind of
It can’t be that bad… hundreds of people donate and the nurses who do it are professionals and stuff but it’s still a little overwhelming to think about it.
I just got an email from the Blood Donation service to remind me about my appointment and to give me some tips.
Preparing to give blood
Follow our tips to make your blood donation experience pleasant, safe and straightforward.
Eat regular meals to help you avoid feeling lightheaded.
A good night’s sleep will boost wellbeing.
Drink plenty of fluids 24 hours before donating, but avoid alcohol.
Put on loose and comfortable clothing, avoid tight sleeves.
Nervousness is normal, come with a friend or bring along a book or MP3 player so you can relax during your visit.
Knowing your medical, body piercing and travel history will save you time.
You can still exercise, but don’t do anything more strenuous than usual: this applies before and after donating blood. Also ensure you are fully recovered and well hydrated before you donate blood.
My appointment is at 3:50pm tomorrow… wish me luck?