Preparing to give blood

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
Eat regular meals to help you avoid feeling lightheaded.

Sleep
A good night’s sleep will boost wellbeing.

Drink
Drink plenty of fluids 24 hours before donating, but avoid alcohol.

Wear
Put on loose and comfortable clothing, avoid tight sleeves.

Distract
Nervousness is normal, come with a friend or bring along a book or MP3 player so you can relax during your visit.

Know
Knowing your medical, body piercing and travel history will save you time.

Exercise
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?

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4 thoughts on “Preparing to give blood

  1. Thank you to you for your input about the names, I’ve added your “vote”. 🙂
    By the way, does Velvet Vixen really sound like that to you? I bought it because it appealed to my girly side. xD xD

    I’ve given blood several times – for periodic check-up exams; where I live hospitals usually do that activity early in the mornings (from 7 to 9 am) and one of the main rules is to give blood without having breakfast. You must not eat before – or eat quite a few hours before – otherwise the blood test results needed for the check-up exam will be “falsified”.

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