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Hika ([personal profile] hikarii) wrote on January 19th, 2011 at 09:34 pm
Donated blood for the first time today
I was going to do it back in September or October, but I chickened out. I might have forgotten about it then, too. I almost forgot this time. ^^;

Anyway, I headed over to the place where BloodSource was, and was totally nervous. I asked a bunch of funny questions, (What does "Have you made contact with a sick person mean? Does talking to them count?") and asked a bunch of other students who have done it before about what it was like. I got nervous after each step, because something could happen that would make me unable to donate. I hear a lot of students who are unable to donate blood because they don't have enough iron in their blood, but I didn't have that problem. When a drop of my blood was dropped in some water, it totally sank.

When it was finally time, the nurse asked me if I've drank any water today. I didn't think so, so I told her. She then told me I'm supposed to drink 2-3 bottles of water because they take an equivalent of 1 bottle of blood from you. She had me drink a bottle of water right there and then, and we started.

I'll be honest. I don't see how the finger poking part was the worst, because putting the needle in the spot under my elbow hurts more, I think (Even though it's not a lot.) I was sad when the nurse was like, "Oh, see? When I put the needle in, your vein got all flat." so then I guess she had to adjust it and stuff and I was just.. owww. XD; I got bored while waiting, though, and after some point my arm hurt and I wanted to move it, but I think the nurse told me not to so I tried to follow orders.

The guy next to me started later than me, but his blood was drawn faster than mine! I asked the nurse how I could do that too, and she told me that water does the trick. Next time, then.. I'm pretty sure next time will be less painful. If only the girls at the pre-registration booth had told me about drinking water! I could have had two bottles while I waited!

Anyway, I came back to my apartment, got the mail, and look what came in today!

It's so cute. XD I think $8 is a steal! (Or so Tom Nook says!) I finished up drawing pictures to send to [livejournal.com profile] ars_arcanium  and I'll be mailing it out tomorrow. Now I should just get back to work! Oh no, it's 10 PM already!
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