Thursday, January 10, 2008

Saving Life with Blood

Jan 7, 2008

Went to campus early in the morning though I was informed I didn't have class today. Sitting to wait for my friend, Shuzhen to come to pass me the DVDs. Suddenly I saw a small card beneath Yellow Post when I just wanted to read it. There was a blood donation drive going on today and the following day. Quickly, I went to cafeteria to have mixed rice as my breakfast >.< style="font-style: italic;">Filled form, walked to the doctor to check my weight and bp*

Doctor: Good Morning.

Me: Morning

Doctor: Have you had your breakfast?

Me: Yes.

Doctor: What've you eaten?

Me: Nasi.

Doctor: Mum cooked?

Me: No, I had it in cafeteria *wry smile* (I was not that blissful to have mum to cook for me everyday, feel like going back hometown =.=)

The doctor asked me some important questions for her but nonsense for me like did I have sex with many people(including men and women), did I go overseas recently, am I on drug, etc.

Doctor: Okay. Come, let me measure your weight, see if enough to donate blood

(For your info, to donate blood, our weight must be at least 45kg)

*Stood up, walked up to the bathing scale*

*The balance showed 5? kg*

Doctor: (stunned) Is this your weight?!

Me: Yea *wry smile again*

Doctor: I thought there is something wrong with the scale.

Me: *embarrassed and wry smile for the third time*

Doctor: Ok, let me measure your bp....

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Blah blah blah....

Finally I was ushered to the chair bed *sweat* something looked like a sunlounger for me, but just not as comfy as sunlounger. The nurse asked me to relax and then injected a syringe or big needle? into my vein. Blood oozed out powerfully profusely right after that. Thank God, this showed my heart still functions properly. The whole blood donation process took only 10 minutes (including I was resting five minutes there after 300 ml of blood oozing out).

Before leaving, I was given some pills. I think they are to make my blood grow back faster. I never consume the pills though I am given the pills everytime I donate blood. *Forgot to consume as I put them in the drawer right i was home*

Sadly, I were only allowed to donate 300 ml of blood for the recent two times; for the first time I donated 450 ml. I think my health has been deteriorating since the past one year. My blood pressure is quite low too... Time to lead a healthy life. *sweat*

Some may afraid to donate blood for the big needle. Actually, it's not that scary nor gruelling, as long as you don't tense up, don't make your hand rigid and most importantly don't move your hand when the nurse injects the syringe into your vein. I can assure once you give yourself a try, you will definitely donate everytime you see the blood donation campaign around you and you will also influence people around you to donate.

I'm greatly inspired by my beloved dad to donate blood (though he doesn't really encourage me as he said I'm too weak to donate). I think donating blood is a very kind deed as there is no artificial blood at the moment and there are many accidents occur on the roads, workplaces, homes, etc and the victims really need the blood to save their lives.

If you are able to donate blood, why hesitate? Blood will not store in your body forever, it will "renew" every three months. Please be generous to give out your blood!!!



8 comments:

ż£ż™ said...

"Did you have sex with many people?" WAHAHAHAHAHA

nostalgia.jesskang said...

Nonsense right?

I mean if ones really wants to con the doctor, will one actually admit it?!

Shane said...

Perhaps the doctor, by looking at ur soi yong think that you are______... Hahaha.. JOking..

Yea donating blood is very good and just imagine if you were the victim needing the blood so badly and the doctor tell you that there are insufficient blood in the hospital...

I think better don't the pill lor... Try to eat more healthy food,,, obtain vitamin and mineral from natural sources would be much much better...

Also,,, Miss Lai's husband (pharmacist) doesnt really her to take iron pill eventhough it was precribed by doctor... and i think the pill that the doctor gave you contain a very high amount of iron to help build ur blood cells...

And if you wish to take the pill,, please take it after ur meal... U wud feel nausea if u take it wif empty stomach...

nostalgia.jesskang said...

Why feel nausea if take with empty stomach?

Shane said...

sorry... should be taking iron pill wif an empty stomach..

Iron should be taken on an empty stomach for the best absorption. If you are taking just a bit of iron in a multivitamin it may not matter. If you are taking an iron supplement to treat anemia, it is best to take it on an empty stomach separately from other supplements, especially calcium and vitamin E.

nostalgia.jesskang said...

Reasons?

By the way, I don't look like a sex beast, do I?

Shane said...

I had asked miss lai about the iron pill thing..

She said iron pills should be taken between meals to enhance absorption. Not to be taken with milk, tea, or coffee. affects absorption... you would experience stomach discomfort if taken on empty stomach...

Sorry for the misleading information i gave before...

LH said...

i donated my blood too.... ^.^
not that scary though the needle looks quite "thick"... XD