Friday, December 11, 2015

Donating My Blood?!

Guys, I'm super duper proud of myself. I can't even begin to describe how proud I am.
Today was the Red Cross Blood Drive at my school (hosted by Red Cross Club), and I signed up. It wasn't a spur of the moment thing; I signed up about two weeks ago. 
Let me first start out by saying I'm TERRIFIED of needles. Hate em, they hate me, etc. But over the summer I got my wisdom teeth out, and had to get an IV to knock me unconscious. Let's just say I ended up with a lot of holes in my elbow and hand because the nurses couldn't find a vein. 
But after that fiasco (I ended up getting high before passing out from the drugs), I started slowly getting over my fear of needles.
Signing up for this was another way to get over my fear while also helping the community. 
Let me just say that it took a lot longer than I was expecting. I thought 15 minutes TOPS for everything and then 15 minutes of refreshments. I was there for an hour and 10 minutes.
I went through a physical and had to answer a bunch of questions. Then I signed consent and was ready to go. 
Hopped up on the padded table--surprisingly comfy--and told him I wanted it from my left arm, seeing as when I had my surgery they could not find a vein in my right. Thankfully, my nurse got the needle in perfect on the first try. Throughout the day afterwards I heard stories about people having to get poked seven times. I would have freaked out.
But the process wasn't that bad. I squeezed a ball, let him tape a tube to my arm, then he inserted the needle. Once it was in I felt nothing. I thought I would at least feel the blood being sucked out of me, but I didn't. Not one bit. It was actually kind of surprising to look back over when the needle was in (I looked away) and see a tube full of my blood heading towards a bag. Like shit it was interesting.
I was kind of enthralled by it. Yes, I know I'm weird. 
After the bag was full, I had to fill a few vials for testing (obvious reasons) and it was even more fascinating then because I could actually SEE the vials fill quickly. 
Part of what made it an actually enjoyable experience was I had good support from nurses and volunteers AND three of my friends were also coincidentally getting their blood drawn at the same time. We were in a circle of tables together. 
Plus, I got Oreos and Cheez Its afterward, so that's always a plus. 
I might be kind of weird, but I'm kind of looking forward to next year's blood drive...maybe I'll even do the Apheresis? Or a double unit? Who knows! My mom actually signed the consent for all of it and I just picked the single unit...but whatevs. 
Below is a silly snapchat of me and my friend Val afterwards while we were munching. :D 

FYI: I posted this on my phone which is why the picture is (annoyingly) not centered.

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Thanks for reading. Again, I'm super proud of myself (and the fact I didn't cry or faint)!!! xoxo -Lauren

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