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Blood donation

I donated blood for the first time today.On Tuesday, I donated a pint of blood, for the first time.

It’s been something that I’ve been meaning to do for quite some time. I’m already an organ donor (I carry a card around which shows that I give consent for my organs to be used in transplants after my death), but until now I’ve never given blood.

I couldn’t donate throughout much of 2007 and 2008, as I had been on high-strength steroid tablets due to flare-ups with my asthma and my overnight stay in hospital in November 2007. But although I’ve been okay since then, I admit that I’ve simply never got around to it, even when there have been donation sessions at work.

My big worry was that it would hurt. And it did – a bit. For me the worst bit was the needle being inserted at the start; the pain was similar to when I’ve had vaccinations but lasted a little longer. However, once it was in, it was okay – a little uncomfortable, but not painful, and it was done after around 10-15 minutes. All in all, I was there for about an hour, due to me being a new donor and needing a slightly longer medical check first.

Afterwards, the site where the needle went in was a little tender for a few hours, but I didn’t receive any bruising and there was just a small red dot when I took the bandage off.

I’ve already booked another appointment, for mid-March next year, to donate my second pint. If you want to give blood, you can find details at – the NHS needs a constant supply of blood and so if you are healthy and can spare the time I’d urge you to do it.

One Comment

  1. I’m not allowed to donate blood over here because of the very fact that I’m from England.