Originally Posted by Rumpelteazer
I donated blood yesterday and now my arm is hurting, especially when bending it. Last time everything went okay, I felt a little light headed afterwards but that might also be because it was really hot that day. Yesterday they couldn't find the vein and had to poke around a bit to find it. The puncture is bigger than the last time and there's a bruise forming around it. Next time I'm going to see if the vein in my right arm is more easily found.
I found it varies from time to time. Sometimes a bruise and sometimes not. The skill of the person doing the insertion also affects it, I think.
Well done for donating. I've been donating for 29 years or so. It'll be my 50th donation next time.