I just wanted to share my experience of my first attempt to give blood yesterday. I am a very squeamish person and I have never considered giving blood, although my father donated all his life and my husband used to be a regular donor until recently (he no longer can do it due to a medical problem). Just the sight of a needle makes me feel faint and this is something that I can’t control, no matter how many deep breaths I take or how many glasses of water I drink. However, as my dear uncle needed blood transfusions a couple of times this year and towards the end of last year, made me re-think my attitude towards donating blood. I have always admired people who did it and if I were in a situation that I needed blood, I would like to be at the receiving end.
So in January I took the plunge and registered as a blood donor and the first available date in Tiverton, where I live, was the 3rd of March so I put it in my diary thinking that this will give me enough time to prepare myself mentally. So yesterday I went in, all nervous and quite light headed thinking of what was going to happen, I made it through the medical questions, through the iron test and in the chair. After having both my arms examined and being told that my veins are not very visible, the nurse decided to try my left arm. The needle went in, but unfortunately, my blood wouldn’t flow! She moved the needle trying to get it in the optimal position for what I perceived to be minutes, yet nothing! I was starting to get light headed and sweaty by the time she decided to stop. As she couldn’t just take the needle out and try again, she said that she could try the other arm, but I decided it would be too much for me as I was very uncomfortable. So I left without fulfilling my purpose for being there. Why me? Why couldn’t it be more straightforward? I am not sure if I will book another appointment yet, even though I checked the next available dates as soon as I got home.
How about you? Do you donate blood? What is your experience? Any tips for me? Thank you .