What not to do after you donate blood, I know from experience
I'm sure you've heard the push right now on the radio from Canadian Blood Services ... quite simple really ... Blood it's in you to give. Especially heading into the long weekend where statically more accidents occur and the need for blood rises.
Recently I have started to donate blood regularly every 56-60 days I go back in ... it doesn't take long and with my simple easy donation, I know I have saved a life.
Here are some stats: Who Needs Blood?
Approximately every minute of every day, someone in Canada needs blood. In fact, according to a recent poll, 52 per cent of Canadians say they, or a family member, have needed blood or blood products for surgery or for medical treatment. The good news is that one blood donation - in just one hour - can save a life.
So ... now onto my story of "What not to do after you donate blood". Please keep in mind my blood sugar and blood pressure are both normally on the lower side of average ... which is just my average, I'm completely healthy.
Ok, so yesterday I donated blood, it was great, no problems, fast, easy and the people at the Stone Church location in Ancaster are always so super nice ... go see them, they take great care of you. I went home right after, ate a quick snack, a healthy piece of salmon and a weight watchers tortilla with some Dijon mustard, delish ;) I wanted to make sure I ate something before going out that night to see Roxette and Glass Tiger at the Molson Amphitheatre. Fast forward 6 hours, I'm at dinner with my friend Wendy, we order a salad to start and something to drink. Failing to remember that I had given blood hours before I order a white wine spritzer ... DUMB move #1. So 1/3 into the drink and by now finishing an amazing bbq dinner ... I start to feel really hot, I mean HOT, sweating buckets and just can't seem to focus, I knew I was in trouble, so I thought maybe if I went to the bathroom and splashed water on my face I'd be ok ... DUMB move #2 ... getting up I got very light headed and then BLACKED OUT! I was told my legs went out forward and I fell straight on my back, narrowly missing hitting my head on the table. Out for about 5 seconds, my friends were all right there to help me. Anyway to make a very long story short, after feeling confused as to WHY this would happen ... finally realizing it was because of my stupidity.
So lesson learned ... after you give blood ... DO NOT DRINK alcohol!!! OMG .... what a scary situation that turned into an ongoing laughing joke the entire night!! Oh and btw Roxette and Glass Tiger were awesome!