I've never given blood before.
The last five years, I've either been pregnant or breastfeeding so I've deferred. Even so, I know that part of my hesitation has been fear of the unknown. Was it safe? Would it hurt? Would I get lightheaded? Would I feel strange afterward? Would I even "qualify"?
This morning, I googled "blood drive Canyon Lake Texas" and immediately found one happening at an Ace Hardware just down the road. All four of us jumped in the truck and drove there in under 5 minutes. Then, we all climbed aboard the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center mobile bus.
Tim went first (He's given blood several times before). I went afterward. The bus was FREEZING (a cold room helps to prevent donors from getting lightheaded), but the process was quick, painless, and quite sanitary. For the record, I didn't feel lightheaded at all - before, during, or after.
As the phlebotomist unhooked the tubing and handed me a snack and a gatorade, he said, "You just saved 3 lives."
P.S. The American Red Cross has a great resource page for First Time Donors.
Do you give blood? If so, how regularly? If not, what prevents you from doing so?
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