I donate as often as I am able! My issue is that my Blood Pressure is REALLY low normally - like, 100/50 on average. My body usually gets a bit pumped up beforehand, so it'll be high enough to donate - but for the rest of the day I am just miserable. This last time the hot shower (because the hot water drops your BP, and in addition to having a pint less of blood it drops it REALLY low) nearly caused me to pass out in the shower. When I got back, it took three trips to my desk to be able to get some advil for my head and then I laid in my bed for a few hours, getting over that miserable 'you'll pass out if you stand up' feeling.
That being said, SO many people say "Then why don't you stop donating?" And my answer is that I just can't. For me (NOT speaking about ANYONE else) I feel selfish if I don't. I have extra blood that someone can use. I can save THREE lives. Sure, I don't like feeling like crap afterwards - but I'm sure the people in the hospital bleeding out don't really like dying of blood loss, either. So. I suck it up and deal with it! (That's the main reason I hate the "I'm afraid of needles" excuse- sure, you don't like a little needle stick, but those people who need blood don't like dying even more. Granted, a genuine needle phobia is different, but not NEARLY as many people have that as claim to.)
So congrats to you, OP! It DOES feel good knowing you're helping out. I enjoy giving blood, and I'll do it as long as I am able to do so. Just take it easy for the day and you should be good to go :)
Last edited by Shoebox; 03-17-2013 at 12:16 AM.