On Friday, I went and gave blood, and it wasn’t scary at all. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a while, but never got around to, and then I made it one of my resolutions. I thought I’d share my experience of it here, because I had pretty much no idea of what to expect! Don’t worry, I didn’t take any gory photos!
I’d already made an appointment, which you can do online or over the phone, and when I turned up, I was given a leaflet and a form to fill in, before having a chat with a nurse about where I’d been on holiday in the last 12 months. She had to check my iron levels before they can take any blood, and then I had to go and sit down with a glass of water and a biscuit until they called me.
Once I was all hooked up (which didn’t hurt at all, honestly) I laid on the bed, reading on my Kindle for about ten minutes, and then I was done! Whilst you’re laying there you have to squeeze and relax your hand constantly, and I got to a good bit in my book, forgot, and set my alarm off. I was more panicked than anyone else was that I was doing it wrong, but once I remembered, it was okay!
After I’d had my giant plaster stuck on, I went to sit down and had some orange squash and more biscuits, and then I went home. I think altogether I was there for an hour, but next time it’ll be less because I won’t have any “first timer” forms to fill in 😉
You can give blood 3-4 times a year, and you can register and find details of places in your area at blood.co.uk. Only 4% of people who can donate do, so you really might save a life by giving up an hour of your time. And you’ll feel totally awesome afterwards, I promise 😉