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So, inspired by a post of yesthatjill a little while back, I… 
30th-Jun-2008 05:49 pm
So, inspired by a post of yesthatjill a little while back, I went and gave blood today. It was, well, pretty painless. I hadn't given blood since college take one, but I've long since waited out any ineligibility requirements, so it was time to start again.

I showed up at the center right on time... and wasn't on the list. I'd made my appointment online, and even checked this morning to make sure it was still listed. I reckon next time I'll call, though. That was really the only hitch, and they still got me right in and out in the promised hour. My temperature came up high the first time, but she rechecked it and it came out right at 98.6 the second time. It sure makes me wonder what the margin of error is on their thermometer. :) At least at this center, instead of having a nurse or volunteer grill you with all of the screening questions, you take them yourself on a computer, which was kind of cool. I got through that, and got my bag and sent into the donation room. I got hooked up with a really good stick, and sat there and read the latest Stephanie Plum book while my blood pumped out. I was done pretty quickly, and got taped up (it's pink, hee), and went and ate some snacks (just so you all know, V8 and swiss roll? Bad, bad mix) and went on my merry way. I can give again in 8 weeks. Apparently, I'm O-positive, and O blood is needed, so I'll be making a regular thing of this. I'd like to do a double-red cell donation and go in less often, but apparently, I'm too short (what the hell? I'm a hefty woman. I really don't see how those 2 inches should matter.)

So, yea. If you're eligible, take an hour once every two months and go give blood.

Afterwards, I wandered into downtown and found the crack store local bead store. Jeff's out of town with work, so I'm going to watch movies and play with beads and yarn the rest of the night. :)
30th-Jun-2008 10:00 pm (UTC)
I agree that giving blood is important! Thanks!

I am also slightly bummed I'm not eligible. Sigh. :(
30th-Jun-2008 10:04 pm (UTC)
I have strong things to say about their eligibility requirements, especially since they test all the blood anyhow, but since they have a stranglehold on the blood supply, I'll give it to them anyhow. :p
30th-Jun-2008 10:55 pm (UTC)
The first time I had this vasovagal syncopy crap was in high school, after I gave blood the first time. I'd bet with all the issues I've had with that recently, it wouldn't be any better this time, probably worse (at least I waited until I was drinking juice and eating crackers that time.) :( I'm also O+...I think I'd feel worse about not being able to donate if I were O- though.
1st-Jul-2008 12:24 pm (UTC)
If it's going to hurt you, then don't feel bad about it. :)
1st-Jul-2008 12:58 am (UTC)
You should have seen the eyeballs on me when I went in for my whole blood donation as far as the double red donation goes. Drooling nurses are weird.

I will be doing that the next time, though. O- for the win.
1st-Jul-2008 12:23 pm (UTC)
I would really rather do that. Twice as much blood in only 20 more minutes? Curse my height. :)
6th-Jul-2008 03:34 am (UTC)
With my tattoo fetish, I'm only just now eligible to donate again...must remember to do that....I was in G'boro this weekend and as usual forgot to call you. Bad Kim.
6th-Jul-2008 12:44 pm (UTC)
It's okay. At some point, we should get together. :) But I know when you're up here, you're usually busy with family, too.
6th-Jul-2008 12:45 pm (UTC)
Oh, and as far as the tattoo thing goes, I thought it was a year waiting period, but this past time, I was told that if you get it done at a licensed/certified center, there's no waiting period. How good that info is... but it'd be worth asking about.
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