***3 Days ‘Til Christmas!!!***
I’m getting so super excited for Christmas! It doesn’t really feel like Christmas, though, since it’s about 60 degrees in MD. It’s actually colder in CA right now – crazy! Anyway, now that we’re back in the MD, it’s crunch time in finishing all of our Christmas preparation, and finishing my 25 Days of Giving.
Today Ian and I were scheduled to donate blood to the American Red Cross. Unfortunately Ian came down with a nasty cold two days ago, so I had to cancel his appointment this morning. I soldiered on however, and headed over to the White Marsh donation center at noon. It’s been awhile since I’ve donated blood, as I’ve been ineligible thanks to travel in questionable countries, and the last time I donated with the American Red Cross was in 2001 at Perry Hall High School, when I was IN high school. Crazy. Since then I’d donated for local blood banks, but it’s still been a number of years.
In general, I’m not queasy, not afraid of blood, and not afraid of needles. I have tiny veins, so I’ve gotten used to nurses having to poke around for a vein. No biggie. So I was not concerned about today’s appointment at all. I filled out all of my paperwork and headed over to my chair. And it… did not go well.
***WARNING stop reading if you get queasy from blood related things***
Apparently my blood kept clotting in the tube, therefore my blood wasn’t filling the bag. The nurse had to kind of press the needle into the vein, which really hurt. Since it hurt, she told me to just press the squeeze ball every 3 seconds and hold it, but eventually my fingers felt like they’d fallen asleep and I literally didn’t have the strength to squeeze the ball! At that point I got a little upset because the nurse didn’t have great bedside manner and I just didn’t really understand what was going on or how much longer I had to painfully try to squeeze my fist. Luckily she was able to give me a smaller squeezie thing, which was much easier, and I was able to finish up about five minutes later.
***OK the blood part is over***
After she put on my band-aid, I headed over to the lounge and enjoyed some cookies and water and chilled out for a bit before I headed on my way. I will definitely continue to donate blood, now that I’m eligible again, but I think I will stick to the blood drives where the nurses are a little friendlier and more enthusiastic, and where you get homemade cookies instead of Keebler 🙂
Want to Join Me in Giving? The American Red Cross (and quite possibly your local blood bank) are in need of blood donors, and in particular are in need of platelet donations. Consider signing up to donate at a blood drive. If giving blood makes you queasy, consider a monetary donation instead.