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Donating Blood

Monday, August 11th, 2008

It started out innocently. A health fair sponsored by work. Police dog demonstrations, gym, insurance, and corporate sponsor representatives, and the villain in our story, the blood mobile, collecting blood for the Red Cross.

I had never donated blood. For one reason or another, it just never happened. I do not know why I went  to donate. Why was this day any different than any other day? I do not know, but in I went. They had me answer a bunch of questions. Easiest survey I ever took. Tested my blood for iron content (50 whatever that means) and then laid me down on a bed. This is where the problems began. I was wearing a shirt that said, “I’m not dead yet.” Either this shirt saved me (my vote), or was the cause of my problems.

I had them stab my left arm, since I am right handed and did not want to lose the ability to use my right arm. They prepped my arm, and stabbed me. Did not hurt at all. BUT! The lady accidentally pulled the needle out of my arm. Yeah, I fountained blood everywhere! Got on my clothes, the bed, all over her white coat, made a mess! She started screaming for someone to come help, after she stopped my blood flow. They cleaned me up and moved me to a different bed and stabbed my right arm. One arm one stab. They then sucked the blood out of my right arm while they sanitized the first bed. Six minutes 30 seconds is how long it took me to fill up the blood bag. During those six minutes, we all joked about how this was my first time, how much of a mess it made, and the fact that I did not have to clean it up.

So now I am done, I am really thirsty so I go to get a drink of juice. Walked right over, opened the cooler, took out a can, popped it open and drank about half of it. Sat down and… The world began closing in around me.  I knew I was fainting. My memory says that I announced I was fainting and for someone to take my juice. And then everyone was yelling at me to get me to lie down and put my legs up. In actuality I dropped my juice which got their attention. I was a nice shade of green which got them running. I did tell them I was fainting and going to drop my juice, told them about five times, after I had dropped my juice of course. I may have said something before hand, but there is no proof of that. They really were yelling at me. I could not hear anything. They kept telling me not to worry about the juice they got it. I need to lie down and put my legs up. I finally caught on to that part.

They put an ice pack behind my neck, and one on my chest. They made me stay like that for about 10 minutes before they let me sit up. After they took my blood, I was there for another 45 minutes in total. They kept making me drink juice and eat cookies. When I finally went back into work, they almost insisted that they escort me in. I felt a bit less than normal the rest of the day. But what a journal entry that adventure became!

Lengthy Pause

Thursday, September 20th, 2007

It has been a long while. I am not making excuses, but really, what it boils down to is how extremely busy things have been. At work we are upgrading to a totally new system. I can not really say it is a step upwards, because there are some elements that are definitely a major step backwards. So I will say that it is a step sideways. Anyhow, the big switch happens this weekend. This entire summer has been gearing up to this moment. And now, in the lull of the storm, I write to make mention that for the next 3 days, I will have very little sleep. During this upcoming weekend, they will be providing food, drinks, games, movies, etc. to keep us there just in case our services are needed. Mixed emotions. On one hand, it is going to be fun, but on the other hand it is going to wear me out and I won’t be able to see my family. Which sucks of course. Oh well… I’ll see you on the other side!