My blood type is O negative. I am a universal blood donor. No matter what your blood type, if you need blood, I can give you mine. Well, I can try to give you mine. Today I went to a blood drive at my church to donate blood. It's on my DayZero list of things to do. I thought I did everything right. I ate a big lunch and a cookie, drank some water and off I went, with my camera in tow, of course :)
My prior blood donation experiences have been iffy at best. The first time I was 18 and barely 110 pounds. I passed out... a lot. But they got a pint and I was thrilled. It was worth it! My second attempt, I passed out a lot... again. Couldn't get a pint. Third and fourth tries, much of the same. I think I had two successful donations out of 7 total attempts. Not a very good record. I do not know why I thought this time would be any different. I'm an optimist, I guess.
All was going well. We got the flash and the blood started flowing. I snapped this photo:
(Yes, I took this photo. My husband thinks someone else did, but I swear it was me! Me, with my focus issues. I took this with my left hand holding the camera up in the air. No reenactment. Got it on the first try. I was met with some unusual looks, but it wasn't the first time and will not be the last!)
Then the blood stopped flowing. As I was snapping the photo the technician said, "What is going on?" The needle was touching a valve. And, as usual I started to feel dizzy and queasy. It was all down hill from there and the end result is that I am a Red Cross Reject. After literally squeezing out a half a pint my platelets began to clot and it was over. And the worst part? My blood does not get used. Goes in hazardous waste. But, I will try again in March. I think I will drink more water and ask them to start me flat on my back. Fingers crossed that I can check this one off my list in March.
Now, in 2 hours, I am off to my first real, live photography class! So excited :)