Well, I donated blood today. They held a blood drive at my school and I signed up and did it. It’s the first time I’ve done it. It was kind of strange, I thought, but it was also not as bad as I thought it would be.
I had to read some stuff and sign a paper saying I’d read the stuff. I then had to fill out a form stating that I am not a man who has had sex with another man since 1977 nor am I a woman who has had sex with a man who has had sex with another man since 1977. There were other questions on the form, of course. . .
Then the lady took my blood pressure and temperature and pulse and pricked my finger and put a drop of blood in this blue liquid where it (presumably) coagulated and sank to the bottom. She pronounced it useable.
I then layed down on a lounge chair thingie they had, and they put a blood pressure cuff on my arm and pumped it up and had me squeeze a little tube thing so they could find a vein. They couldn’t find a vein. I had to turn around so they could use the other arm. They found a vein, and wiped some of this orange-brown stuff on it (iodine?).
Then she put the needle in. It didn’t hurt hardly at all. she said to squeeze the little tube thing once every ten to fifteen seconds. It took maybe fifteen to twenty minutes and then I was done. I didn’t get dizzy or lightheaded or anything. I went over to the tables and had some pop and food. I then went back to class.
I’m tired. I’ve been tired all day. I imagine this has something to do with it. Otherwise, though, I feel fine. It’s something I’ve always kind of wanted to do, and now I imagine I’ll do it more often. For those of you who do donate, keep doing it. For those who don’t but could, go do it. It’s not that bad.