The Red Cross public blood donation drive was held at Raffles MRT. I went in to ask nervously but eventually received wholeheartedly the log book they handed to fill in the form and answer some questions. I was given the sticker, "Be gentle, I am a first time donor" sticker. After they validated the form I was asked to check my weight then transferred to one of the nurses who pricked my finger, I guess that is for blood typing, not sure, the nurse is a Filipino. He told me to relax he felt my hands are cold and pale. I was indeed nervous. On the waiting area, the facilitator was asking everyone - left or right, each one of them answers, but I was clueless when I was asked. I just said right without having the idea if it is beneficial to draw blood from my right arm.
So I lay down on the bed, still feeling uneasy. Red cross volunteers and donors are around me, taking pictures, they seem enjoying so I try to relax. The nurse said I won't feel the pain as I will be given anesthesia. I didn't take the pic when they put the needle on, I was asked not to look. I managed to take a pic right after.
Look at my bag, it is halfway full after less than 5 minutes! haha.
My father needed blood transfusion before. I can still remember that even he is type O, the most common blood type, he still had the hard time looking for a donor and still needs to wait for my brother from Manila to arrive and give his blood. It is really a big help to someone. Whoever you are, may you find my blood useful.
And that is the needle, still inside my vein. The nurse suggested I took a pic before she removes it. :)
Whew! That was not so bad. It was really easy.
And they served refreshments. I was asked to sit for a while, get as much food as I want. I just took an orange juice and when about to go, the guy handed me a pack of Milo and biscuits. I brought it home to Hershey. :) We were also given a10 tablet Iron supplement.
So I am again able to donate on May 2011. I will not miss that opportunity. I will even encourage my husband to come with me so he can experience how overwhelming the feeling is.
I know this is a long read but I want this post to encourage everyone who is healthy to help save lives. This is really something useful for someone. You are extending lives.
READ some benefits of BLOOD DONATION HERE