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Old 01-28-2010, 05:37 AM
 
Location: Duncan, OK
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The boil was huge and looked like 2 inches in size. I've been to my doctor today and she took out the old gauze and put some new gauze back in. It was not fun at all. Hurt like hell. Good to know the body makes more blood right away.

P.S. On friday the doctor wants me to pull out the gauze myself and I'm nerves about it bleeding.

John
Hang in there John, You can do it. Your body has PLENTY of extra blood to spare and since you are also Diabetic it is VERY important you follow the Doctor's orders and keep the wound clean.

Don't feel bad about being nervous... My Husband is a big tough guy, but when he gets hurt I have to change the bandages for him!! He gets sick to his stomach if he tries.
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Old 01-28-2010, 08:15 AM
 
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Blood smells like copper/metallic to me. My daughter gets gushing nosebleeds and I can smell them walking into her room in the dark.

Someone told me once if you wanted to get an idea of what a quart of blood really looks like, take a quart of tomato sauce out to your driveway and smash it and see how much is there. Its a lot.

John, good luck. Hang in there - it will get better and just follow the dr's orders and don't hesitate to contact the dr if you feel something is amiss.
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Old 01-28-2010, 08:37 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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This surgery was my first one. Never been in a hospital till I turned 40 years old. Never seen my blood bleed like this before till now.


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Old 01-28-2010, 09:55 AM
 
Location: NW Indiana
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Someone told me at the hospital the body has one gallon of blood in it. Is this right?

John
I donate blood every 8 or 9 weeks, and happen to have a little "blood facts" card from the Red Cross right here on my desk. It says, "The average adult's body contains about 10 to 12 pints of blood."

Let's see - there are two pints in a quart, so 12 pints would be 6 quarts, which is a gallon and a half.
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Old 01-28-2010, 10:31 AM
 
Location: NW Indiana
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PS, John - The body does replace blood pretty quickly. When a person donates blood to the American Red Cross, they give a pint plus a couple of test tubes' worth. I've donated almost 16 gallons over my lifetime, and only got lighteaded once - when I hadn't had a meal within a short time before donating. Our local ARC always instructs donors to drink plenty of fluids and to not skip any meals for 48 hours after their donation. The body is pretty resilient when it comes to blood loss and replacement. Good luck to you!

You can visit the ARC at www.givelife.org. Oh, and I just noticed that the little "facts" card I have also states, "Your body will replace the lost fluid within approximately 24 hours after a blood donation."

If you feel a little anemic, try eating some dark green veggies and maybe a bit of red meat. That'll help build up your iron a bit. :-)
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Old 01-28-2010, 10:53 AM
 
Location: Planet Eaarth
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Hi John. To me blood has a sickening sweet odor and it is one you will never forget.
From my combat days I can attest that in large quantities the smell of blood , and some tissue but mostly blood, is one that you never forget.

Mix that smell with the smell of gunpowder and you have the stuff of nightmares.
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Old 01-28-2010, 11:46 AM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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From my combat days I can attest that in large quantities the smell of blood , and some tissue but mostly blood, is one that you never forget.

Mix that smell with the smell of gunpowder and you have the stuff of nightmares.
Thank you for your service to us!

Hope you find some relief if you have PTSD.
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Old 01-28-2010, 12:40 PM
 
Location: Yes
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The smell of blood is not extremely pugnant. If so, then it is the pus or infection. I had MRSA on my knee 3 years back and ended up having to be hospitalized for 5 days (due to it spreading after being cut open). When the ER cut it open the night before, that was the most horrible smell I have ever smelled. It still smelled like that for the next couple of days each time the open wound would hit fresh air after being unwrapped (not to mention causing the absolute worst pain I have ever felt).

Sorry for the tangent, but hopes that helps answer your question in the OP.
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Old 01-28-2010, 04:18 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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My doctor's office called me and said the smell is blood and pus mixed. I forgot what the copper smell like. My medicine I'm taking for the infection is DOXYCYCL HYC 100MG CAP MUTUAL, twice a day for 20 days.
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Old 01-31-2010, 07:04 AM
 
Location: On the Rails in Northern NJ
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Blood smells like Cooper or Iron to me. If you have a Blood loss problem try leeches , they help control, maggots will eat the dead skin away, thus helping you heal faster.
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