I donated blood today. I have to say that I’m pretty proud of myself. I already did a guide on what to wear to donate blood where I talked about what you should wear, but this is going to be a post on more minute by minute stuff, because I wish I had seen a post like this before I donated because I was so nervous. All for no reason too.
Donating blood saves three lives. I’m not sure if that’s exactly true, but that’s what they say. I also got a free check up which is great. They checked my iron level, blood pressure, and temperature. And after five days I’m going to know what kind of cholesterol I have as well as if I have HIV and some other STD (which I don’t have). I can donate every two months, and I think that I’m going to do that.
Oh yeah and I’ll get to know my blood type. Is it selfish of me to hope its AB positive?
I had to fill out this awful long survey. It asked a ton of questions that I have no idea about. Here’s a sample “Have you ever had sex with a man who’s had sex with a man”. Really because people would know about that. Oh and I did answer yes to the aspirin but still got to donate blood.
After filling out the paper I then had to do a mini physical with blood pressure and stuff and then they pricked my finger to do an iron level test which I passed even though I was scolded for not eating a healthy lunch (by the lady). So ha I know my body.
And here’s all the stuff on my arm while donating. The band was kind of tight but other than that it was all okay. To be honest I was really afraid of passing out but I didn’t. When I stood up I didn’t feel even a little bit dizzy or sick. Which is really cool because I barely met the weight, and I only did because I gained ten pounds during fall break. I think I did well because I’m in fantastic shape though.
You can sort of tell (barely) that I’m wearing a shirt from my Tj Maxx Haul.
At the end I got this cool sticker, which is actually really ugly.