I finally made an appointment, and got to donate blood. It turns out that my veins are embarrassingly tiny. Usually, they put the needle in, and the blood is supposed to flow into the bag; for me it was a tiny trickle. I had to have one of the nurses help me constantly adjust my arm and the needle to make it flow at a reasonable rate.
My arm was a little sore for the rest of the day, but otherwise I felt perfectly fine. I didn’t get dizzy or anything, and they give you juice and cookies afterwards :)
I also found out that only 4% of the (Canada) population donates, and donations are very much needed. I was surprised that it was such a small number. If you can, I encourage you to donate; it’s easy and you can save some lives.
Everyone at the clinic was very nice, and it was a good experience. I will definitely go again. 6 days ago
How I did it: I finally got motivation to donate blood when they decided to give away a Jeep Wrangler. I know I should be ashamed of that, but I'm happy I did this and that I can save someones life. Read how I did it… 2 weeks ago
How I did it: I always wanted to donate blood, but I didn't have 18 years
old. But then I was old enough I wait year & a half to give blood for a
first time. It always seems not a right time. But one day I went to my
boyfriend & I saw a sign, which I haven't seen before. It said "Blood
Bank center". And I was like "omg!!". I call to my boyfriend
& told him there I am and he was just "are You crazy?". He didn't
like this idea, but I didn't care. I give a blood and feel amazing about that.
I got certificate and free ticket to a cinema. Read how I did it… 2 weeks ago
After 3 attempts, i finally was able to donate blood. My everyday taking up of ferrous sulfate (iron) vitamins and exercise paid well. I’m so happy when i saw my blood sample went down in that blue liquid. My hemoglobin is normal!
Thank you Lord! 2 weeks ago
I’m so stupid. Haha. Just because this goal has been on my list forever and I haven’t done it. And turns out it’s one of the easiest goals I have! Not sure why exactly it took me so long, but nonetheless I did it. Just googled “donate blood” where I live. The red cross has a lot of places so I scheduled an appointment with them online yesterday, and got to donate this morning. The people were really friendly and I was a bit nervous. But not too bad. My nurse was very funny and loved to talk, she really made me feel at ease. And before I knew it I had answered all the questions and was on the table giving blood. Didn’t hurt. Just a pinch. Then in like 10 mins I was done. So fast. And I was happy! Then they tell you you HAVE to eat a small bag of cookies (or pretzels) before you leave. Even happier! And then I was tired for the next few hours. Finally I did it. :) 2 years ago
Except I was intending to donate blood to the Red Cross … not to a leech. 4 weeks ago
I am removing this goal…I have tried 4x, and I am always too anemic to give blood. I will not totally give up on it, but I may have to find some other way to “give” that doesn’t actually involve giving MY blood. 4 weeks ago