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I just gave blood yesterday...

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by sho'nuff, Jul 13, 2007.

  1. sho'nuff

    sho'nuff Senior member

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    Red Cross was at my work yesterday and I decided to give blood for the first time.

    My arm was fine yesterday and last night at home , but today throughout the day, my arm ( a patch about 3 inches below where the injection took place) started to turn black and blue like a bruise.

    I showed it to others here at work who had experience with giving blood, and they looked concerned. They said it should be normal looking and if there is a bruise look it should occur around the area you had the injection but it should not look that big.

    The bruise patch is big about 3inches across 2 inches wide. Doesnt hurt, but it does feel a bit puffed up.
    One other coworker stated it is normal if a vessel gets broken during the process that your blood will leak inside and will clot later.

    But why does this occur 24 hours AFTER the blood donation?
    Anybody who experienced this do you know? thanks[​IMG]
     
  2. Connemara

    Connemara Senior member

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    You're dying. Sorry.
     
  3. lawyerdad

    lawyerdad Senior member

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    Can I have your ties if Conne's right?
    I'd take the shoes but I know you're not my size.







    Doesn't sound like anything to worry about, but I'm not a doctor so what do I know? I've given blood lots of times and don't recall that happening, but I wouldn't sweat it.
     
  4. Sabrosa

    Sabrosa Senior member

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    Depending on how easily you bruise and how skilled the nurse was, it's fairly common to have a bruise after blood is drawn. If it continues to get noticeably worse over the weekend then you might have a reason to be concerned, but it is probably just a normal bruise and nothing more.
     
  5. chobochobo

    chobochobo Senior member Moderator

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    photos would be helpful

    incidentally, I'm not allowed to give blood because I've lived in the UK - something to do with the risk of SBE [​IMG] Moo
     
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    I'll take the shoes, sell them off to SF members and other interested folk, and buy shoes in my size [​IMG]

    +1. Photos would also be nice.

    JB
     
  7. whodini

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    Whoever took your blood probably screwed up. It happens. I'm going to assume that the person pushed the needle through the other side of the vein wall before pulling back a bit for the blood flow. It could have also formed because you didn't apply enough pressure to the injection site after donation, something which is the most common reason for bruising to begin with.

    Unless you have a history of clotting disorders there really is very little to worry about. If you do start to feel pain/swelling/loss of feeling, visit a hospital.
     
  8. sho'nuff

    sho'nuff Senior member

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    ok guys thanks for the info. i will go take a photo when i get home of my buffed out arm.
     
  9. sho'nuff

    sho'nuff Senior member

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    so here are a couple of shots of my arm. they put the syringe in my joint area. but why is the patch /bruise on my forearm? and why did it occur 24 hours later? today it doesnt seem to be any better. i mean for bruises go, maybe a few more days to see if it goes away?

    [​IMG]

    here is a photo of the seiko i am wearing

    [​IMG]
     
  10. redtree00

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    You didn't apply pressure long enough. I give blood several times a year and it has happened to me on occasion.
     
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    I'll never give blood. I tried once and I failed the question part. They asked some of the dumbest questions I've ever heard and A) I answered them honestly (which, by looking at some of the people at the blood donor place, no one answers honestly) and B) Some of the questions didn't even make sense.

    If someone dies because they ran out of blood, I blame the blood bank.
     
  12. sho'nuff

    sho'nuff Senior member

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    You didn't apply pressure long enough. I give blood several times a year and it has happened to me on occasion.

    oh boy, how relieved to hear this from you. i hope you are right . thanks my friend.[​IMG]
     
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    I'll never give blood. I tried once and I failed the question part. They asked some of the dumbest questions I've ever heard and A) I answered them honestly (which, by looking at some of the people at the blood donor place, no one answers honestly) and B) Some of the questions didn't even make sense.

    If someone dies because they ran out of blood, I blame the blood bank.


    This part ?
    http://www.fda.gov/cber/faq/msmdonor.htm#2
     
  14. Gradstudent78

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    I'll never give blood. I tried once and I failed the question part. They asked some of the dumbest questions I've ever heard and A) I answered them honestly (which, by looking at some of the people at the blood donor place, no one answers honestly) and B) Some of the questions didn't even make sense.

    If someone dies because they ran out of blood, I blame the blood bank.


    What questions didn't make sense?
     
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    oh boy, how relieved to hear this from you. i hope you are right . thanks my friend.[​IMG]
    Not that I didn't mention exactly that 24 hours ago... Judging from the pics they might have had trouble locating a vein and thus went too deep. The lack of pressure afterwards might be the best explanation here as the majority of the "bruise" is distal from the injection site (ie blood flowing down because of gravity). But great pics. Be sure to give people a good story, say...Fight Club or ruthless street thugs.
     
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    What questions didn't make sense?
    This was several years ago but I think they asked something about if I was married did I think I should still be using a condom? I said no. If I'm married to someone why do I need to have protected sex? Hopefully we would trust each other enough that we wouldn't be cheating and we could have sex. Theoretically, they seem to be saying that I could never have unprotected sex with my significant other because there is always the risk that they could have gotten an STD. After I said no to this question, the lady looked at me like I was nuts and asked me several more times as if to say my answer was wrong. So I finally changed my answer to "yes" one should always have protected sex even if married and she went to the next question.
    This part ? http://www.fda.gov/cber/faq/msmdonor.htm#2
    Without reading the whole thing, yes. Approximately 15 years ago, (in my more wild days [​IMG] ) there was an incident of mutual masturbation / oral sex with another guy. I mentioned this when the woman asked about it and she immediately said I couldn't give blood. Then, I was out the door. You can't tell me that the people I saw in that office giving blood never had unprotected sex or did drugs. They looked like a bunch of drug addicts who couldn't wait to get the money and score more drugs after they donated their blood.
     
  17. sho'nuff

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    Not that I didn't mention exactly that 24 hours ago... Judging from the pics they might have had trouble locating a vein and thus went too deep. The lack of pressure afterwards might be the best explanation here as the majority of the "bruise" is distal from the injection site (ie blood flowing down because of gravity).

    But great pics. Be sure to give people a good story, say...Fight Club or ruthless street thugs.


    i did feel encouraged reading your post but still yours was a sort of conceptual/theory explanation , but after i posted the photos somebody said ,'yes, exactly that happened to him' so further relieving me.

    however, thanks to the both of yous! especially that distal bruise explanation part, it helps explain why the bruise down there

    i did say fight club to a couple of persons but they just immediatley laughed because they know me not to be anything more than a wussy when it comes to violence.[​IMG]
     
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    Sorry bro. I originally was going to say "we went over this in detail last weekend when I had to draw blood from a patient" but didn't want to be the one to tell your wife at your funeral that I was the one who said you'd be fine.
     

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