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the story of an invisible girl
I gave blood today at my office's blood drive. Surprisingly, it went WAY better than it did last time. This is particularly surprising given that I had surgery just over a month ago. I would expect that my body's not back to "normal" yet. If it had gone poorly today, I wouldn't have been surprised. Instead, it was a breeze. All of my stats were good, and I pumped it out nice and fast -- I filled my pint bag in just 7 minutes 22 seconds. That's better than most people do!

That was more like I'm used to for donating blood. I have no bruising, and in fact my arm doesn't hurt at all. The only annoyance is the finger-prick they did, to make sure I had enough iron. Mine happens to be exactly where I type, and for whatever reason it hurts quite a bit.

Just before starting, the nurse was looking for a vein, and she noted out loud that they've used the one on the outside a lot. I suggested that she use a different one, because they'd blown out that one last time. She selected a nice one that looked underused, and it was easy-peasy. "You're my new favorite nurse," I told her. She said she'd be happy to take my blood anytime.

Notes for myself: I gave blood after lunch this time, and made sure to eat a substantial meal. I also had some water with lunch. Perhaps those things contributed to things going so well, or perhaps the different vein, or maybe the phase of the moon.... who knows? But it was a very satisfying experience.

I'd tell more stories, but it hurts to type. Giving blood? Easy! But the finger-prick...? Ouchie. Quite silly really.


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kyril From: kyril Date: June 11th, 2009 02:50 am (UTC) (Link)
I think I've learned the hard way that drinking before having blood taken is very important to feeling OK during and afterwards. Even if you're fasting for a cholesterol test, you can and should have water. Otherwise they do poorly at finding a vein or getting blood out of it if they find it. Not their fault, really, but ...
From: writerwench Date: June 11th, 2009 12:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well done you! Yes, good lunch, plenty of fluid in the body, and using a fresh vein - all good stuff. I'm giving blood next Tuesday - will make sure I'm well primed with chocolate before I do it - I need those endorphins!

Just consider how many nerves are concentrated in your fingertips. It does take a day or so to settle.
theobviousname From: theobviousname Date: June 12th, 2009 02:28 am (UTC) (Link)
I wonder why it's always the finger? Granted, it's easy to clean, and you can put it on the table for them...

Back when I was in high school, when I had my first jaw surgery, it was at University Hospital, so they wanted to add me to a bunch of studies. There was a lung capacity test (before surgery and a couple of times during recovery) and something else, but also some kind of study for which they required small daily (or twice?) samples of blood. Which they got from my earlobe, which I found relatively painless and free of fuss. No band-aid on the finger you're trying to pick stuff up with, no wet band-aid on your hand after washing...
renniekins From: renniekins Date: June 13th, 2009 10:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hm, now that you mention it, they used to do a finger-prick first, then if you didn't pass the initial iron test they'd do a second prick for a different test, this time using an ear-lobe. Now they use a better iron test that only ever requires one prick. But now I wonder why they do it this way, with the finger not the ear??
mbumby From: mbumby Date: June 17th, 2009 04:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
When I started donating, it was always and only the ear. Until this post I didn't know they ever did the finger. Of course, when I went to show the "no problem" prick-wound (don't start!) to some people who were weirded out about donating, and it had bled all over my ear, that didn't quite have the desired effect.
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