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nytemare Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-08-09 10:29 PM
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Anyone else gain a little weight after giving blood?
Not immediately after, but in the week following?

It's kind of strange, but I've been on a weight loss program for a bit, and every time my work has a blood drive, I gain a pound or so afterward. I end up losing it back, it is just weird.

Maybe the body retains the water I drink more after donating.

:shrug:
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Dystopian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-09-09 11:59 PM
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1. I'm sorry I can't answer your question...
I have no idea. I hope someone can answer your question.
I saw this yesterday, so had to find this post.
I want to thank you for being a blood donor....
nytemare...you have a heart of gold...
:loveya:
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

peace~
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PBS Poll-435 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-09-09 11:59 PM
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2. How many cookies/cups of punch did they give you?
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nytemare Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-10-09 06:32 PM
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18. LOL, I had two cups of apple juice
And no cookies, they are about 200 calories each. I did go to my office and have a little 100 calorie chocolaty treat, though.
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CaliforniaPeggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-10-09 12:07 AM
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3. My dear nytemare!
I used to be a blood bank RN, and I have never heard of such a thing. I'm not doubting you...

It's possible that your body is retaining the water and such that you drink after donating...

How long does this pound persist? And does it happen right after donating? I mean, like in the next 24 hours?

:hi:
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Dystopian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-10-09 12:33 AM
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5. Dear Peggy....
A blood bank RN.....oh my! :hug:
My daughter's life depends on blood donors, and because of her illness, she became an RN at the age of 36!

I love you....
:loveya:

peace~
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CaliforniaPeggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-10-09 12:38 AM
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6. Ah, my dear Dystopian...
And how your kind words touch my heart!

I am retired now...

You must be so very proud of your daughter!

I am, as well...

:loveya:
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-10-09 12:56 AM
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7. I am tired of those vampires, Miss Peggy
they give me the same post-donation speech every two weeks - I tell them I'm going to go smoke a cig, drink a scotch and f*** a drug user - same reaction every time: "I'M NOT LISTENING TO YOU SUSAN!!!" :D
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Pierre.Suave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-10-09 12:59 AM
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8. Do prescription drugs count?
Cuz I take some of those? I will even bring the good scotch...

:P
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-10-09 01:20 AM
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11. depends on the prescription
anti-biotics for exmple, you'd be deferred :D
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Pierre.Suave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-10-09 12:14 PM
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17. No Anti-Biotics
I am Preferred!

;)
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-11-09 01:38 AM
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21. OK, I get your drift now
:7
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CaliforniaPeggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-10-09 01:00 AM
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9. I hear ya!
I know the donors get soooooo tired of that speech!

:D
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-10-09 01:20 AM
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12. I have to tell them every two weeks I haven't been to Cameroon
or contracted mad cow from England :D
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Lil Missy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-10-09 01:30 AM
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14. I don't go to THAT much trouble. I usually just faint.
Then I gotta have my smoke.
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nytemare Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-10-09 06:35 PM
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19. I comes about 2-3 days after I donate.
Every time I've donated in the last year or so, I've noticed this.

Most strange, indeed.

Usually, after a week and a half, the weight starts coming back off.

I don't change my dieting and exercise habits, but I do drink a bit more water after donating, and I usually drink about 80-90 oz of water a day.
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Pierre.Suave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-10-09 12:11 AM
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4. I think it is very possible for your weight
to vary as much as a pound, every day. I bet if you weighed yourself once every hour for a week, you would notice it.
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sohndrsmith Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-10-09 01:12 AM
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10. I can't give blood so I don't know about that (my blood doesn't clot). But as far as
fluctuating weight is concerned - mine can go up or down as much as 3-4 lbs from one day to another depending on several factors (time of day, food ingested, digestion, fluid intake, etc.).

Your body may very well be reacting to a change in blood volume (I'm not a nurse, I'm just guessing). As you know, though, from being in a weight loss program, the body doesn't like being starved, and will hunker down and conserve (making yet another argument against rapid or extreme weight loss) so I wouldn't be surprised if your body might be doing what it needs to do - which may present in fluid retention or something - I don't know.

Unless you give blood on a too-frequent basis, is it something to really be concerned about? Especially if it resolves itself... (you're probably just curious about everything, like me). If I remember, I'll ask my hematologist when I finally get one again. : )
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CaliforniaPeggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-10-09 01:23 AM
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13. My dear sohndrsmith!
Blood can only be donated every 56 days. That's to protect the donor...

:hi:
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sohndrsmith Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-10-09 02:20 AM
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16. well, since I can't do it ever, I am not well informed. : ) That makes sense, though
and I was quite sure I was exaggerating in the extreme. That said - 56 days is not an insignificant amount of time, so maybe the body does react in different ways as it recoups. I dunno...

Giving blood is a wonderful thing to do - I'm grateful for everyone who does it. Transfusions saved my life after a bad accident - so I'm living proof that blood is a wonderful thing to give! : )
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-11-09 01:39 AM
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22. those vampires suck my platelets every two weeks
:mad:
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nytemare Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-10-09 06:37 PM
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20. I'm not concerned, just interested.
It is a minor annoyance, since I am trying to lose weight that I seem to lose a week to the twilight zone every two months, but it starts to come off again.
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Lil Missy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-10-09 01:49 AM
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15. Probably some water weight, but I've never kept track. I just know, ..
I drink LOTS of OJ before I give, and flood myself with water, OJ, milk, after that. Otherwise I'd get sick.

I'm sure I must gain some water weight. I drink several glasses of water and OJ before I give blood, so that means I won't faint.

Then I flood myself with more fluids for a couple days. That has to cause some weight gain.
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