How Long To Recover After Giving Blood?
Posted 12 November 2006 - 03:59 PM
Just a quick question about giving blood. I have a couple of races coming up 2 weeks from now as was considering giving blood tomorrow. Does anybody know if this would hinder performance or would everything be back to normal in 2 weeks time?
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Posted 12 November 2006 - 04:18 PM
I hope this helps.
Posted 12 November 2006 - 07:05 PM
But, the advice that I got was that there is a potential upside to giving blood if you are able to time it just right. This was that after giving blood, the increase in capacity after the donation overshoots your standard baseline for a short time before going back to the normal level.
In answer to the question, I would not be giving blood twoweeks before important races.
Posted 13 November 2006 - 05:55 AM
Posted 13 November 2006 - 07:05 AM
Posted 13 November 2006 - 07:52 AM
Posted 13 November 2006 - 07:55 AM
I'm sure your donation will be really appreciated too. I used to donate through the apheresis unit, every two weeks, which has no adverse effects; but nowadays I donate at suburban whole blood donormobiles and figure that, for me, there's no sheepstations at stake.
Good on you, and other donors, for putting other people's health before what is essentially a leisure activity.
Posted 13 November 2006 - 08:30 AM
Good on you for considering donating. I am a regular donor for personal reasons. (someone I love had their life saved by the kindness of a donar)
Posted 13 November 2006 - 12:14 PM
Posted 14 November 2006 - 09:07 AM
I try to donate whole blood every 3 months and became a plasma donor (apparently I'm in an almost rare category of being an 'ideal' plasma and platelet donor). I find that I'm not as tired after plasma donations as I am after whole blood donations. I guess this is understandable since they only take the plasma then pump the blood back in after the separation process (hence the 2-3 week frequency of plasma donations).
You may find yourself feeling a bit weird and light-headed for a cuople of days after your whole blood donation, but it won't be for long. I usually feel flat for about a week after donating but haven't suffered any long term effects.
Edited by MFL3, 14 November 2006 - 09:08 AM.
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Posted 14 September 2008 - 06:35 PM
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