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BE KIND TO ME, I DONATED BLOOD TODAY!!

said the sticker on my chest yesterday afternoon. i donated blood for the first time in forever - the only other time i was successful was when i was living in st. paul, minnesota, and did it for money. i had no money to eat off of all day, before going in at 8 pm, so i donated blood for a half hour, stood up.... and promptly passed out. i am so rock.

so i donated blood, ate some cookies, but still felt way... weird. because i'm an idiot for these things, as i had heard the doctor's talking about how you can become a cheap date after donating blood and drinking beer, i came home and drank a little liquor combination, just out of curiosity. i ended up three sheets to the wind for the remainder of the evening.

and a massive headache today, which is odd, as i only had a teensy bit. meh. maybe they're unrelated.

i also skipped studying for my psych exam to donate the blood. worked out for ME, because class ended up being canceled, so... i'm one of those annoying students, you see, that never studies in advance - i just jot down all the things i need to know right before class, and it causes me to retain it long enough to take the test.. and thankfully for quite awhile after. the ladies i sit around in psych spend practically every waking moment studying, it seems, as they're constantly quizzing each other on the study guide and freaking out if they can't find something in the book. i promise to not let them know that all my tests during my psych 101 AND in this quarter thus far have scored a 93% and above. well, except for the one i lost the study guide for.

ooh, note to self to post the dream i had come crashing back to me during a test in ear training yesterday. fuhreaky.

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suzanna_o
Oct. 27th, 2006 04:07 pm (UTC)
Well done! I've only donated blood a couple times, and I felt like I was going to DIE afterward both times...
jhimm
Oct. 27th, 2006 04:12 pm (UTC)
hangover headaches are typically the result of dehydration.
even a small ingestion of alcohol,
associated with significant blood loss
could result in enough dehydration to give you a hang-over.
crushdmb
Oct. 27th, 2006 04:21 pm (UTC)
that's what i was going to say.

chug that water, girl!

also, you may do well to also drink a sport drink of some sort (AND water, as sport drinks tend to have tons of sugar).
jhimm
Oct. 27th, 2006 04:25 pm (UTC)
sport drinks tend to have tons of sugar


and salt.
crushdmb
Oct. 27th, 2006 04:30 pm (UTC)
yes. but you tend to lose that kind of thing when drinking. you actually lose sugar (frucose or however it's spelled) when drinking as well, which is why you tend to always crave soda (i know i do) after a heavy night of drinking.

but both sugar and salt dehydrate, so you have to pair it with plenty of water.
jhimm
Oct. 27th, 2006 04:41 pm (UTC)
sugar and salt take water out of your system in different ways, though.
one leaches water out of cells (salt),
and the other causes cells to retain too much (sugar).


the way most people in this country eat and drink,
having enough sugar and salt in your system
is rarely an issue.


we are,
however,
some of the most habitually dehydrated people on earth,
in spite of our wealth, readily available drinking water,
and frequency/quantity that we eat.
crushdmb
Oct. 27th, 2006 04:44 pm (UTC)
i drink tons of water. three times or more as much as the normal human being. and when i'm not drinking water, i'm drinking iced green tea. i don't drink soda and things all that often.

so i tend to need more salt than the normal human being, because of all the water i drink. sometimes i crave gateorade so badly, i end up chugging it. i'm pretty sure my body needs it.

of course, even though i drink water throughout the night, if i do any kind of really heavy drinking, i still feel like ass the next day. tons of water, and soda and/or gateorade generally takes care of that. oh, and food. once i've got all that in the system, and as long as i didn't REALLY over do it, and got at least some sleep, i'm peachy.

oh and well, a bowl or 3 helps with hangovers too. it's amazing how well pot cures hangovers.
jhimm
Oct. 27th, 2006 04:55 pm (UTC)
it's amazing how well pot cures hangovers.


so does more drinking.
but i'm not sure that makes either a good idea ;)
crushdmb
Oct. 27th, 2006 05:16 pm (UTC)
hahaha ;)

if i even contemplate drinking after a night of heavy drinking, i want to barf. just the smell of alcohol makes me want to barf. i can't imagine doing the "hair of the dog". ick!
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crushdmb
Nov. 1st, 2006 02:12 pm (UTC)
i hate vodka and can taste even one shot of it. it leaves a funny...feeling in my nose. ick. lol. which is odd, since i love whiskey and bourbon and stuff...but not so much vodka.
crushdmb
Oct. 27th, 2006 04:31 pm (UTC)
oh and i rarely drink soda, but weirdly enough, i always crave soda the morning after. i'm like "dr pepper...must...have...dr pepper..."
idioscosmos
Oct. 27th, 2006 04:17 pm (UTC)
If I lived out there I'd totally take you out for ice cream today. :-) Giving blood rocks.
aubkabob
Jul. 13th, 2009 02:43 am (UTC)
I've tried many times over the last year or so to donate, and no matter what I do, my iron's just a smidge too low to donate. Pfeh.
kikibug13
Oct. 27th, 2006 04:25 pm (UTC)
:) Another blood donor! yes. Some of my friends in college looked at me as a loonie when I would participate in the yearly blood donation campaign.

Me, I found out it's good when I go in the late morning, and I have a good breakfast!
(1st time, when I was in the US - I was sitting on the table having cookies afterwards, and, I passed out right there.
2nd time - in college - I had forgotten whether I should eat beforehand or not, so I didn't. I also gave blood for a long time. Then almost passed out in class - I am overzealous to have my attendance up!
3rd time - to up things up, I had a big bar of chocolate for breakfast. Filled the bank within 3 minutes. Fainted right there on the bed for giving out too much blood too quickly...
4th time. Had a breakfast of cereal in fruit-flavoured yogurt. Gave blood normally, felt chipper after that. No sign of fainting. Which took me by surprise, predictably.

Guess what was the conclusion of what I should be having for breakfast!)

I'd say that drinking a whole lot of water and other liquids (non-alcoholic, that is) is a good idea at that time. Me, I drink a lot of water in any case. I think that's why I've only had proper hangover once in my life... and not for lack of trying. :]

OK, I hope you get to feel better. Rehydrate and rest!
aubkabob
Jul. 13th, 2009 02:48 am (UTC)
I need to something about my iron, as the last year or so, whenever I try to donate, my iron's too low. The last time, I ate several helpings of iron enriched food the day before, had been taking a daily vitamin with 100% daily dosage of iron, etc., and it was even lower than usual.

Jerk blood.

Meanwhile, the blood banks have been freaking calling me multiple times a day to ask me to donate. I stopped answering the phone.
kikibug13
Jul. 13th, 2009 04:23 am (UTC)
Remembering from when my mum had serious anaemia, to take in the iron properly, they recommend another supplement - folic acid, possibly, but you might want to go ask an actually medically qualified kind of person, 'cause I'm not.

But yes, if your iron count is low, donation is so not in the books!
view_from_here
Oct. 27th, 2006 04:54 pm (UTC)
I'm a slow bleeder, I haven't donated blood in forever. But it takes me nearly 15 minutes to give a pint. After 15 minutes, they have to stop I guess.
momof2girls
Oct. 27th, 2006 06:44 pm (UTC)
I've done the donating blood and drinking beer thing. Fortunately I could take the subway home! Good for you for donating!
busychild424
Oct. 27th, 2006 07:13 pm (UTC)
You seriously intentionally combined donating blood and getting boozed up because you heard it would eff you up. That is awesome.
handsomejoene
Oct. 27th, 2006 11:08 pm (UTC)
Hey, you added me as a friend but i don't know why and i don't know who you are :/ :p ^^ not that i care but i just want to know why _O-
spindell
Oct. 27th, 2006 11:40 pm (UTC)
lol... you nutter. I didn't know they paid you for your blood over there? Here you do it out of the goodness of your heart - and for a bunch of free glucose lollies.

Did the needle hurt? I've always wanted to donate but am a complete chicken.
aubkabob
Oct. 28th, 2006 05:04 am (UTC)
here you can get paid for giving blood or platelets or whatnot, though i didn't do it for donation yesterday (though the lemonade and cookies were cool.) depending upon the circle, quite a few poor people go to donate for bucks... not sure what it is now, but back in '94 or so, it was $33 for a donation. though i think that places are getting away from giving cash for blood, and have turned to other briberies to get us in to give blood. for example, when i tried the 2nd time to give blood, i couldn't donate because my iron was too low, though they still gave me what they were giving out, which was hockey tickets.
aubkabob
Oct. 28th, 2006 05:05 am (UTC)
and ha ha, i initially read your response as 'you mutter.' why yes i do, i thought, though how you could tell that from my font....
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