Dress to impress doesn’t always mean dress to kill
Oh c’mon. Sparkles, high heels, and fancy pansy outfit? We don’t mean that kind of ‘impress’. To make the blood-drawing process much easier, put on some nice loose-fitting or comfortable clothing – with sleeves that can be raised above the elbow.
Eat like a horse and drink like a fish
Arrive well-fed and hydrated to help limit any lightheadedness. Preferably, try to avoid fatty foods before donating such as nasi lemak, mee goreng mamak or a big fat juicy burger from a newly-opened burger place you just found on Eat Drink KL. The fat can affect the blood processing tests. If there is too much fat in your blood, your donation cannot be tested for infectious diseases and the blood will not be used for transfusion.
And don’t forget to drink an extra 16 oz. of water. Staying well hydrated is really important. We value your donation and want you to stay healthy so that you come back to donate again. And sorry all, no alcoholic drinks before the donation.
(Pssst, consider iron-rich foods in the weeks before donation like red meat, fish, poultry, beans, spinach, iron-fortified cereals and raisins.)
Sleep tight, don't let the bed bugs bite
Please, please, please, get a GREAT night's sleep. It’s best that you plan your schedule or work ahead so that it won’t disrupt your sleep time. Good night sleep gets you feeling fresh the next day and boosts your wellbeing.
Come prepared and ready to help
For repeat donors, bring the red-coloured donor book if you have one. For first-timers, just bring your ID or driver’s license to present at registration. You will go through a questionnaire session or a pre-donation counselling to identify any medical problems or potential risks, so it is good to come prepared with the necessary documents!
Rally your troops and march with cadence
Don’t worry if you feel nervous about donating blood. That’s totally normal. Hence, we encourage you to come with friends and family. Or at least if you come alone, save a 30-minute long playlist in your phone beforehand to help you relax when the needle is in your arm.
Blood donation goes to show that you do not have to be a doctor to save lives. It is as simple as bringing that big heart of yours, and donate some of your blood to help those in need.
Pusat Darah Negara (pdn.gov.my)
Blood Centers of the Pacific (www.bloodcenters.org)
Mayo Clinic (mayoclinic.org)
National Health Service (www.blood.co.uk)
American Red Cross (redcrossblood.org)