I had some blood drawn on Friday for a TSH/CBC check. It’s been over two years since I last had blood drawn/donated and that was only slightly better then the first time I donated blood.
I wasn’t quite sure how I do this time. I was only loosing a few milliliters of blood compared to the 450 mL or so given up during a donation, so I was hoping for no complications.
The nurse was great and was able to tap my wonderful veins on the first try. She collected the two vials (one small, one large) with a minimum of issues. However, as soon as I sat up, I started to feel it again. So and laid back down while she filled out all the forms. The lightheadedness subsided but I began to feel warm and started sweating. Then I started to feel cool (which I suspect was due to evaporative cooling). I finally felt recovered and was on my way.
Talking with some of my classmates about the experience, Smiley thinks that I might need to drink more water. I’ll try that next time.