|It wasn't my first time, but given I haven't been since 2004, they thought they should be cautious [image by Zahara Dessert]|
See my blood type is quite rare, but extremely valuable (O negative).
I can give blood to every blood type, but I can only receive my own type if I ever need blood.
However in Australia only a very small proportion of people donate blood.
The scary stat is:
1 in 3 people will need blood
But only 1 in 30 people currently give blood
By donating blood you help 3 different people. Which is always a nice feeling to have.
So I thought this would be something very easy for me to tick off the Life List.
After work on a Thursday night I found myself outside the Red Cross Blood Bank on Elizabeth St in Sydney.
The whole process was very easy and relatively pain free.
|Black and White for your comfort [image by Zahara Dessert]|
It only took about 10 minutes to get the blood they needed.
However the fun began after the needle was removed.
I felt 100% fine, but supposedly I had gone a pale grey colour and the nurses were getting really concerned. They asked me so many times how I was feeling and I kept on telling them I felt normal. But the nurses kept on hovering.
They only released me once they had taken my blood pressure, had made me consume a Caramel milkshake and I had showed them that when I squeezed my cheeks I had blood circulation!
|I think they went a bit over board with the bandage [image by Zahara Dessert]|
|Drinking this Popper they gave me made me have primary school flash backs! [image by Zahara Dessert]|
It is such an easy thing to do and you help people in need.
But next time, I need to warn them about my paleness! I don't want them to get so concerned again.
I will keep you posted...