Thursday, February 28, 2013

~ I did the wrong thing! ~

This is the way I feel right now!  No diy's, crafts, cooking, whatever to share.  :)

Lots of stressful things have been going on lately but the full moon is over for now so I have my fingers crossed for smooth sailing again.  I got out Saturday morning to have coffee & breakfast with a friend. After I left, I stopped at Walmart for a few paper products.  I know, I know...not a good thing to do on a Saturday. Anyway, the Carter Blood Center bus was parked at the front of the store and I thought, "I used to give blood all the time.  I should do that now."  Wrong!

I did give though. Toward the end, I was getting light headed so they pumped me even more full of water, Powerade, crackers, etc.  In a bit I was feeling fine. The technician asked me to be seated up front for about 15 min, just to ensure all was well.  Of course, by this time I had to go to the know, coffee, tons of water & Powerade.  I absolutely HATE going in a restroom in Walmart or other public places. They insisted one of the nurses accompany me. I hated walking through the store with a nurse beside me, after all, aren't I Wonder Woman?

It's really a good thing though. I piled tons of paper on the toilet so I could weak I was afraid to try and stand. Well, it was like someone flipped a light switch and I almost passed out.  I couldn't do anything, much less answer the nurse who kept asking me if I was ok.  NO!  I'm not!  I was finally able to grab the bar and get myself up and slowly to the other side to another bar. Then I opened the door. She asked if I could walk back out to the bus...NO!  She sat me down on the floor ~ can you even imagine?  I was so out of it though I couldn't even process what was going on. A kind lady came in and asked if help was needed so the nurse asked her to go out to the bus and get someone.  Another nurse came in and they put ice all over me, kept trying to get me up, etc.  They said if I couldn't, they would need to call an ambulance. I certainly did not want that!  They were able to get me to stand and walked me out to the bus.  They turned the A/C on full on me, packed me with ice all over and again, forced the water & Powerade.  I cannot even tell you how sick I felt. They called the Blood Center Dr and he said if I couldn't get stable to call the ambulance. In hindsight, I should have allowed them to do that but you know that old saying, hindsight is 20/20. 

I was finally coming around and they called my daughter & son-in-law. They advised I could not be left alone. Went to their house and continued the drinking...not the fun stuff either!  ;-)  My daughter gave me a tablespoon of peanut butter and I really started to improve.  Long story a bit shorter, I came home after several hours and went to bed.  The Blood Care Emergency team called that evening to see how things were going and gave me a phone # to call anytime, day/night/weekend. They told me that after what had happened, it was imperative that I stay hydrated and that it would take 3-4 days, maybe longer, to feel good again. Well, this is the 6th day and I'm almost human.  I have never had an experience like this in all the years I've given blood.  Needless to say, I won't be doing it again ~ EVER!

I have an appointment with my Dr early tomorrow morning. Just want to ensure all is well.  IF you have read all of this, bless you!  I have not been on the computer or doing anything worthwhile. I have several new projects to do and can't wait to start!


  1. OMG - scary stuff Pat - you must have been terrified?
    Yeah, I think giving blood is out of the question for you now!!!

  2. Good grief, Pat!
    Lucky you aren't in the hospital.
    I'm sorry you had such an ordeal. Feeling miserably ill and then the Walmart bathroom floor! Ugh.
    Glad to hear you are feeling better.
    xo, T.

  3. Pat!! My God, I wonder if it was something they did or gave you that didn't agree? Or maybe you hadn't eaten?? Glad you are feeling better. Be well. xo

  4. Oh my goodness! I don't even say the word "blood" easily, so I have never donated. I have offered when it was a family member needing blood and been told they don't do it like that. I've never heard of anyone having this much of a reaction and I don't blame you one bit for never doing it again. I am glad you are doing better and getting checked out. Scary stuff!

  5. Wow, how horrifying! You poor thing! This is the definition of "no good deed goes unpunished"! Hope you are feeling better.

  6. What an ordeal! And, so long to begin feeling better. Sorry you had to go through this!

  7. Goodness, how scary! Hope you are feeling better now!

  8. Oh Pat! What a terrible experience! Glad you are getting back to yourself again!

  9. Bless your heart!!! That is scary! Something similar happened to me 10 years ago. I gave blood and seemed to be fine. I drove my children to Wendy's for lunch and went into medical shock. It was like I was having seizures. The fire department medics responded to my daughter's 911 call. No pulse. No heartbeat. Between seizures they gave me something to drink. I refused to get in the ambulance - no insurance - so when I was stable enough I was taken home. It took me a couple of weeks to feel 'normal' again. I won't give blood any more either!! Keep hydrated and give yourself time to recover! I am so glad you ARE recovering!!!

  10. Oh Pat, bless your heart! So glad you're ok, what a scary experience! I kind-of know how you feel, I pass out easily when having blood drawn, so I've never given blood by choice. I wish I could but I just can't make myself do it!

  11. What the helll did they do to you! I'm never drinking powerade, giving blood, or sitting on a Walmart bathroom floor!

    Hope your follow up visit gives you a clean bill of health, but did anyone tell you how come you had this reaction?


  12. Oh my goodness dear Pat, what an ordeal you went through and all in trying to be kind and giving. I wondered what in the world happened to you and now I know. Take care and stay hydrated. xo

  13. Oh my goodness...I can only imagine how scary this was for you. I agree that you should have gone to the hospital. I'm so glad you are feeling better!

  14. Oh my goodness, so sorry to hear you had to go through all that for doing a good deed! Hope you're 100% by now!

  15. Pat I am so sorry to hear about this. oh how scary, I'm so glad you're feeling better. I just wonder what happened? That's the strangest thing, just get lots of rest! Don't push it.
    Leslie (Gwen Moss)


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