Giving Blood | My Experience
A few weeks ago I plucked up the courage and went and gave blood for the first time in about 5 years. I was ridiculously nervous as I am not good with needles but wanted to do this to help others.
I booked a time slot online that suited around me, I then recieved a couple of reminder texts and a text on the actual day reminding me to drink plenty. I arrived a little bit early and had another glass of water whilst waiting.
I was called over to go over my medical form and check my blood before hand and was then told to wait in a different area to be called over. When calles over I told the bloke that I was nervous but he calmed me by talking to me and telling me about some exercises that I could do to keep my blood pressure up.
I was tipped back in the special check and told to relax, he put the needle in and secured it which wasn't half as bad as my mind had thought, he then left me too it. The donation itself took just 10 minutes and was pretty painless.
After the 'mario music' started he came over to sort the donation and remove the needle and slowly raise the chair upright again. He then covered the area and asked me to go have have a drink and something to eat which I did. I also booked my next appointment whilst there so I didn't have to worry about that.
After about 10 minutes, a lemon and some snacks I said good bye and went to meet my parents for a drink and a chat.
The whole experience was effortless and easy to do! I didn't even have a bruise the next day and no pain either.
I received a text after a few days thanking me for my donation and telling me about recieving my blood type soon. A week later I recieved a keyring with my blood type on it which is proudly on my keys.
The best part of the experiece was that I recieved a text saying that my donation has been issued to Kingston Hospital which made me incredibly proud and almost brought me to tears.
If you can please spare 30 minutes and a pint of blood every 4 months to save or help a life.