Sunday, December 2, 2012

Life Goal: Donate Blood

My Mom and her two sister (all nurses) have all been against donating blood.  They acknowledge that we need a blood supply but would prefer if their own family member weren't the ones to supply it.  I'm not entirely sure what their logical was, but I followed orders and didn't donate blood.  Until yesterday.  It was on my bucket list to get out there and do it at least once and since I'm nearing the end of time for me to accomplish some of those pesky new years resolutions, I figure I might as well give it a shot.  3 other times, I have signed up in advance online only to not show up.  So instead, yesterday I just walked in.  I went directly to the Red Cross center here in Albany rather than a blood drive mostly because it was closer.  I went through the vitals ( my iron levels were awesome, so anyone that says that you'll be anemic if you don't eat meat is definitely wrong)  and had to complete a survey of my sexual health choices and travel.  

After they put me in a recliner and stabbed me. I was told that I have nice veins, and that I "flow like a champion"  And then I sat there and read Facebook post for roughly 10 minutes before being unplugged. I was nervous that I would feel dizzy or nauseous  but immediately after I felt fine.  I had some apple juice and cheese itz, taking my time before leaving. 

After being approached by an awkward volunteer,  I decided it was time to continue on with my day.  I felt great at first but quickly became exhausted.  I was at the mall but made a quick exit back home to eat and to take a nap.  After the nap, I felt great and went out for some Mexican good & to see Wreck it Ralph.  All in all a good Saturday. 

I know that I won't be an every 52 day donor, but I'll certainly try to donate again at least each year.


  1. I have never heard of anyone being against donating blood. I know several people that prefer not to or pass out when they try to. My dad donated blood on a regular schedule for years and I have donated several times but it's been awhile since I have donated. Thanks for the reminder that I need to do that!

  2. Thanks for joining the 5K A Day Challenge. Rules and a Tracking spreadsheet are on my blog

  3. I'm so glad that you decided to donate blood. I know it saves lives. Sounds like a wonderful Saturday.

  4. So cool! Thanks for telling about this experience. I'm terrified of donating blood but it's always been a goal for me to try. I've had to have blood drawn twice within a month for doctors and I did ok, so I figured maybe I could attempt it. After reading your experience, I think I'll go at the end of the day (and maybe have someone go with me?). I don't like that you had to sit there for so long. The last doctor that took my blood said donating blood is faster. Glad you had success!

  5. That is great! I have never done it but fall in the easy to pass out category.