Confession: I am terrified of needles, or much more so, the understanding of impending discomfort. And that is why I will painstakingly admit to confession #two, that even although ‘giving blood’ was on my bucket list, I definitely had no intention of ever finishing this aim.
This is when I realized that, even although I claim to generally be up for a challenge, sometimes even I will need a small help to give me the safety and strength. Enter…my mom…my blood-sucking courage.
She had provided blood a lot of instances just before and convinced me that the feeling of saving lives would far outweigh the worry of that damn needle piercing my poor, unscathed arm. Even though she stated this, I was effectively conscious that she was really just following the absolutely free catered meal that followed my blood getting evacuated from my veins.
We were greeted at the neighborhood center by a cordial Blood Bank of the Redwoods volunteer and the tiniest bottle of water that I had ever observed.
Just after the minimal paperwork, which confirmed that I wasn’t a needle-sharing prostitute (phew…my husband will be satisfied), I was shuffled more than to the nurse who was to “test” my blood for the suitable levels of iron.
Truth be told, I was hoping that I had not eaten sufficient leafy greens that day and would be denied for providing blood that day. Even the believed of my finger getting pricked sent my heart racing, how the heck did I ever jump out of a plane? Iron Level?…Good…damn.
I have to give kudos to the volunteers who have been so accommodating to my annoying requests to place my chair adjoining my moms, to use the smallest needle probable when providing blood (they stated they did, but may perhaps have been fibbing) and to take as a lot of images probable to document this when in a lifetime (actually) knowledge.
I covered my eyes as they punctured my mom very first, swearing that I was not going to appear. But, by now I need to know myself far better.
I rapidly glanced over at the ‘car wreck’ that I couldn’t prevent. Damn. Damn. Damn. Why did I appear? The drinking-straw-size needle (I swear) that was sticking out of her dainty arm produced me want to poop my pants. The nurse swore that my needle was smaller sized, but her devilish eyes stated differently.
Turns out the anticipation was far worse than the discomfort, is not that the case most of the time? With my needle in, I was told to loosen up for the subsequent 7-eight minutes till my 1 pint of blood (sufficient to save three lives) was withdrawn.
That left me with only one last concern, fainting proper following the process.
Do not ask exactly where these anxieties come from, I definitely do not know. I arose from my lounge chair gradually, totally expecting to really feel hazy, but there was practically nothing. Actually, practically nothing. We headed more than to the hodge podge of grub, suited for a children’s birthday celebration, and I rapidly reached for the Chips Ahoy feeling that I deserved to indulge in this sugary, higher calorie treat. I just got completed providing blood for Gods sake! Todays blood-providing particular also featured pesto penne, chicken parmesan and Caesar salad. Hello! Why didn’t they promote this as a particular deal on Groupon?
Upon exit, we have been warned to take it quick for the subsequent 24 hours and drink lots of water. Think me, I milked each minute of the “I just gave blood” cow, just brief of lying on the couch watching soap operas and consuming a pint of gelato (in honor of the quantity of blood I just gave).
A week later, I am so proud to have not let fear hold me back and grateful to my mother who pushed me by means of. With that stated, the believed of providing blood once again stills tends to make me want to crap.
Is providing blood on your bucket list?
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