Thanks for the very detailed answer in that one - I kinda imagined the did a 'in/out connection' and basically filtered out the plasma and put the other stuff back in (possibly with some saline...???)
Yeah I think you'd even want to drink whilst doing it
Also thanks to the other responses from everyone.
I might have one more question coming up - if i could continue the inquiry.....
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And that's why I'm here eating HFLC Primal/Paleo.
I tried to donate last year. While filling out the questionnaire, I came across the question about ever having been in Italy between the years 1980 and 19##, which I had. That apparently disqualified me due to the potential of mad cow disease or something. I told them I never saw any mad cows on the base where I was stationed, but I had come across a few mad CWOs (Chief Warrant Officers). That didn't satisfy the requirement unfortunately. hrmph!
A 2nd knockout is because I'm gay. Though the blood center goes to great pains to say they do not discriminate due to sexuality, but they won't accept male donors that have had sex with other males in the past 5 years. So nothing to do with being gay then...
Also tried to damage blood marrow, but they follow the same rules.
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I can't, not for another year anyway, I lived in a Malaria endemic region for a while. On my two year anniversary back, I am going to donate though.
You are an animal on this planet and the rules of engagement are non negotiable.
I haven't given for a year as the last time I had low iron, but I have an appointment for the next time they're in town - end of August. 45 donations so far, so another 5 will get me a certificate/badge of some kind.
Misabi, over here they've just changed the rules over male/male sex. It used to be *never*, but a few years ago they changed it to not for 12 months, which I think is the same as tattoos and piercings.
And of course, no problem if you were eating beef during the BSE crisis (or there wouldn't be any donors left), but if you've ever received blood, then, no thanks as you might have got it that way.
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They won't take my blood either, for a couple reasons. Seems kinda silly.
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I donate blood (almost) regularly - at least twice a year. Most of the times I feel ok after but there were two that I felt a little run down for almost a week afterwards.
I have never fainted or felt lightheaded when donating blood but I can certainly faint when I give blood for blood exams !!!!! Which is kind of funny since I have convinced my microbiologist to use the small needle (we call it a "butterfly"- I don't know the real term) when giving blood for labs. And I can also feel like fainting in any given day when getting up really quickly.
As for nutrition, I bring some home made chicken broth to the donation centre. They are always glad that I have my own food with me. . .
I have never fainted after giving either blood or plasma. I will sit for a few minutes and drink water, but often I don't snack. I don't know how snacking immediately afterwards is supposed to help exactly. Make sure you eat a bit extra of iron rich foods for a day or two before and after. It seems like fainters are either squeamish or dehydrated. Hydration is the most important thing.
No disease that can be treated by diet should be treated with any other means.
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