American Red Cross Blood Services
Today, I rolled up my sleeves and tried try something new. I became a first-time blood donor! I have long admired people who regularly donate blood (my mom, John, Jacob, etc.) but have never been comfortable to do it myself. In my mission to come out of my comfort zone, I decided to give it a try!
To be honest, I tried before and failed. Almost 30 years ago, I attended a blood drive for my next-door neighbor Barry Katz who needed multiple organ transplant surgery. I loved Barry very much and really wanted to help. When it was time to give, my nerves got the best of me. My pulse raced, my blood pressure soared, and I was politely excused (rejected). Though I still have White Coat Syndrome (fear at doctor's offices etc.), I wanted to give this another try so quickly made an appointment before I could change my mind.
When I arrived at the collection center on Parklawn Drive, I was nervous but not about giving blood. I was nervous to be rejected again. I was triumphant when I passed triage and was taken to a blood drawing chair. Phew! My euphoria soon turned to dismay as I realized this blood donating thing isn't for me! Apparently, I'm a "slow bleeder", have difficult veins, and, just don't like the whole process much! Donating blood IS very important -- it's just not for me! Now, I know. At least I tried.
A month later, I was happy to learn that my blood had been delivered to University Hospital in Baltimore on September 5th. Though I couldn't help Barry, it was good to know that I helped someone else!
My Takeaway: The donation center was packed with donors in the middle of a busy work day. It wonderful to see how many people are truly committed to this needed service. Thank goodness they do it as it's not something I'm sure I'll do so soon again.