Just got back from donating blood. The whole process took longer than normal since they were so busy. Who would have thought they would be busier mid-day than the evening. Weird.
Donation 44 this time. Cookies and juice were plentiful like always. Now I’m all bandaged up and ready to go out for beer tonight. Woot.
Tonight was donation number 43. I can’t wait to hit number 50! 7 donations, 56 days between them, means I still have a year and a bit before I hit that mark.
There Ed Bain was there donating too. Nice to see some local celebs being involved in a cause like this.
Smooth process, but for some reason my arm didn’t want to stop donating. After the bag was full, I held the gauze on my arm for the 5 minutes, but even then the hole was still bleeding a little.
Mmm, cookies. I haven’t bought Oreo’s in a very long time, but every time I donate I make sure to eat a couple.
Blood donation number 42 tonight. I got there at the appointed time and while I was waiting to check my finger poked, in walked one of my co-workers. Strange coincidence.
I breezed through the questions, then it was on to see the nurse. Due to my travels to New Zealand, there is now a question that I have to answer yes too. This slows down one stage of the process a little.
From the nurse I walked straight to the donation bed without any waits at all. So far pretty speedy.
I still hate when they put the needle in, and can never watch them while they do it. Once the bag starts filling though, the rest of the time flies by.
Over cookies and juice I got to talk to my co-worker. Made for a more pleasant experience. Since we both booked for next time, I might see him again in October.
Mmmm, cake. There was cake after donating blood today. It was good. Their pre-donation procedures have changed a little bit due to donor feedback. Their is a new queueing system to ensure that everyone donates in the order they arrived. Kind if silly really.
I had brought a magazine to read while eating my cake and cookies, but ended up talking with another gentleman about mountain bikes, and mountain biking.
This was donation 41 for me.
Today I turned 40. Not a birthday though, this was my 40th blood donation. The donation procedure was a little different than last time but like always I sailed through.
At the refreshment stand there was a new change. It looks like Oasis Health Break Juices are donating their products. Mmmmm. I even got a tetra pak to take home with me.
It’s like riding a bike. Except I was laying down, and I got to read. What I mean to say is that I still haven’t forgotten how to give blood. I put myself on hold for donations since before Beet was born, and today was my first one in over five months. My how times flies.
Not much has changed at that clinic. A lot of the same friendly faces, a lot of the same cookies and juice.
The donation took a little under five minutes. In fact the nurse doing the labelling of the various bags and collection tubes didn’t get to finish before I did.
I had eaten dinner just before going so I didn’t really feel like eating a bunch of cookies, but the volunteers get a little cranky if you don’t follow the rules. I managed to choke back a couple cookies 😉
Last night was number 38 for me. The blood donation went smoothly like always. I am actually looking forward to making donation 50. If I go 5 times a year, that is still over a couple years away, and I know I won’t be going 5 times in 2008.
One of the first things the do is test the iron level in the blood. The lady that testing my iron level thought she would have to squeeze my finger a lot to get a decent drop of blood since my hands were so cold. I quipped that I bleed well so it shouldn’t be a problem. Sure enough there was plenty of blood flowing and when she dropped the blood into the copper sulphate, it sank like a stone. That is a good thing.
Recently I’ve started going after eating dinner which hasn’t had any negative effect, other than having less room for cookies. 🙁 One thing that never changes is which arm I donate with. I always, always, always use my left arm. Almost every time I go I have to wait for a bed due to this, but I don’t care. It is almost a superstition, but I have never had a problem so why miss with success?
Just got home from the Canadian Blood Services. Number 37 under my belt and again no issues. When I arrived there was barely any line up and I was able to get in and get my iron test in nearly no time.
Once on the donation bed I got through the donation quickly. I was able to read my magazine, and watch the Canucks game while I was donating. Nice. The Canucks were up 2-0 over the Ducks.
At the goodies table I noticed a few changes. The drink choices have changed, and not for the better. I ate some cookies, and relaxed a bit. There are also some changes for first time donaters too.
Anyway, it was a nice relaxing time.
Tonight I learned something. It isn’t anything exciting, revealing, or even that important. It barely registers as interesting. Tonight I learned that Ed Bain is also a blood donor.
I had just finished my 36th donation when he came in for his. I was eating cookies (ooh, some new options were available), when he came in and got in line.
Gotta say that he is looking thin and trim. I suppose cycling over 1000 km’s will do that to you.
My donation went extremely well. It flew by and before I knew it I was done and out of there.
Wednesday I got to mark off donation 35 on my Canadian Blood Services card. I was there for too long since there were quite a few people in line in front of me, and I always donate with my left arm so I had to wait for the right bed. The donation itself was easy as usual and then it was on to the cookies.