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    Donating Double Reds next week- Any advice?

    Today I signed up to give "Double Red" blood to the Red Cross next Tuesday. Does anybody have any insights to what it's like, how to reduce all side effects to the minimum possible, or any other tips to make the day run smoothly? This will be my first time giving blood. I'm fine with needles, I've had blood drawn before, but I haven't ever donated blood, let alone go with the Double Red option
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    I have been donating for the past few years, and I always do it in the morning. The last time I went, I didn't have time to eat breakfast, and it took twice as long to donate just a single unit. Eating about an hour + before your appointment will definitely help and being hydrated will always make the process a lot smoother. Getting a good night's sleep always helps too. They will be watching you as this is your first time, but you need to be honest with them if you start getting light headed as I have seen people pass out at the blood bank.

    Also, blood banks are naturally on the cold side, so if they ask you for a blanket or just have them there, request one as staying warm also helps. Great to hear that you are doing this as it really does make you feel like you did something special after you are done. If you ever have a chance to do a double red and a single plasma, do it, as it feels like your body just got an oil change.
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    Thanks for the tips! I'm looking forward to donating, but a little nervous at the same time
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hollywood42 View Post
    Thanks for the tips! I'm looking forward to donating, but a little nervous at the same time
    I was nervous too the first time I did it, but that goes away real quick. I donated yesterday and signed up for a Double Red next time I go.
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    Donation this morning was great! Smooth, and no side effects this time around. I'll definetly be giving more blood after the 8 weeks pass (or whatever the wait time is). Thanks again for the tips!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hollywood42 View Post
    Donation this morning was great! Smooth, and no side effects this time around. I'll definetly be giving more blood after the 8 weeks pass (or whatever the wait time is). Thanks again for the tips!
    Good to hear, but you can only donate double red every 112 days, so next time, you will be eligible for a single.
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    Whenever I'm eligible again, looking forward to it! Really make you feel good

    Quote Originally Posted by Rybowski View Post
    Good to hear, but you can only donate double red every 112 days, so next time, you will be eligible for a single.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hollywood42 View Post
    Whenever I'm eligible again, looking forward to it! Really make you feel good
    If you ever want to do platelets, they cycle your blood through a machine, and it filters it back in with a solution that you can feel and it makes your arm cold. They described it to me as feeling like you got an oil change and that is how I felt.
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    Cool, might have to try that next time around

    Quote Originally Posted by Rybowski View Post
    If you ever want to do platelets, they cycle your blood through a machine, and it filters it back in with a solution that you can feel and it makes your arm cold. They described it to me as feeling like you got an oil change and that is how I felt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rybowski View Post
    If you ever want to do platelets, they cycle your blood through a machine, and it filters it back in with a solution that you can feel and it makes your arm cold. They described it to me as feeling like you got an oil change and that is how I felt.
    thats what I just did last week -- was pretty cool - OK actually cold - out with the red -then back with the clear -- I did feel a little more lightheaded afterwards though -- but will probably go the same process when i`m ready again -- sometime in early June I think
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