Re: Very Slow Blood Donations...Could Something Be Wrong
I used to donate blood and platelets all the time with a couple of good friends.
One of my friends used to have very slow blood. We would tease him about it, as the other man would be done very quickly, I'd be done relatively quickly, and we'd always get stuck waiting for the 3rd.
One of the Red Cross people told him to drink more fluids the week before and it helped immensely.
Ironically, the same thing would happen with platelets. I had so many platelets and the RC would take a double donation from me and the 1st friend, but the slow blood guy they would get just one bag from him and it would take longer than either of us with 2. They told him to drink not just fluids, but make sure to get plenty of calcium the week before donating platelets.
It was my platelet donation that led to my discovery that I was now making "too many" (over 500,000) platelets and I found out that I have ET and can no longer donate blood or platelets. It felt good to know that I was helping others, especially since I was a universal donor and as weird as it sounds, I miss donating blood.
So, to the OP, try increasing your fluids for several days before you plan to donate. It just might help.