I did it! I’ve been haunted by the memory of the last time, way back in 1982. The term “user error” hadn’t even been coined back then but I was all that and more.
Today’s activity turned out a lot better. Easy peasey in fact. Took less than an hour and earned me a cookie! Thanks Fuddruckers it was just what was ordered.
For at least a couple of decades I said that “when I quit hanging blood I would start donating” and today was that day. A few zillion questions, a hemoglobin finger prick (149) and a salty snack all took about 15 minutes. Up next was the main event.
25 minutes later it was complete. I had a weird headache towards the end so I had some juice before I even left the chair. I had no desire for a repeat of 1982 where I fainted flat out.
The story there doesn’t show me in a good light at all. Perhaps the kindest thing I could say is that I was young and the lack of sleep made my brain mush. The pop and donuts didn’t appeal to my post nights no appetite mood. I’m sure the 6 block walk up to the hospital in the heat seemed like a good idea at the time. I mean this was Vancouver and it rarely gets hot there so I would have wanted to enjoy it. I walked 6 more blocks post donation and hit the air conditioned library. Dropped like a lead balloon.
I’m happy to report that I did exactly what Canadian Blood Services recommended pre and post donation. I smiled the whole way through it.
Now it’s kind of like shampoo: rinse and repeat. So a bit of recovery and then another unit goes out to a patient in need, to be hung by a caring health professional. Mission accomplished.
It’s a great title but the disclaimer is I have no clue what my blood type is.