Thursday, August 2, 2012

Blood Donation

Last week I donated blood for the first time. It was a much faster process than I thought it would be. I had to fill out a questionnaire, they took my vital signs and checked my iron. I was VERY happy with my iron level. Low iron is 12.5 and below. My iron level was 14.9. I told the guy it's from all the green leafy veggies I eat, which is probably true. 

The needle was HUGE! Ugh! I couldn't look at the needle going into my arm. After it was taken out I had a little V where the needle had been. It only took about 10 minutes to donate the blood. I was surprise how fast that part went. The longest part of the whole thing was waiting 15 minutes after I was done to go back to work. California law requires you to wait for 15 minutes after donating blood. I did feel a little light headed afterward, but within an hour I felt normal. 

I can donate blood again September 21. I think I will donate one more time this year. It is such a simple procedure and beneficial to people in need. 

I snapped a picture of myself sitting there. I look a little doppy. lol I was trying to sneak a picture. 


Kendra said...

Gold stars for you!