I’ve been battling with what to write for this post. Giving blood is something that I have wanted to do for a very long time but never got around to for whatever reason, and my 30 before 30 list gave me the opportunity to prioritise it.
In Australia, only 1 in 30 people donate blood even though 1 in 3 people rely on blood donations. This is serious people! If you’re in good health, and not too afraid of needles, take some time to donate and make a difference in someone’s life.
I went to the Blood Donation Centre earlier this year, excited and nervous about what to expect. I was given a sticker in anticipation of my “first blood donation” and wore it proudly! I had asked Mr DMD if he could be my chauffeur on the day just in case I wasn’t feeling well afterwards, but being the amazing supporter he is, he came along to donate blood too. Forms were filled out and we patiently waited for our names to be called for a screening interview. They verify the form you just filled in, ask some additional questions, check your height and weight, and do a finger prick test to check your iron levels are in a high enough range. Bah-bow! First fail. I fell over at this small hurdle, but was told that sometimes the machine was a little ‘off’ and the nurse in the clinic would take a proper sample for a more accurate reading. Bah-bow! Second fail. Still too low to safely donate blood. Feeling a little disheartened, I waited for Mr DMD to finish and spent the rest of the day wallowing in self-pity. Of all the items on my list, the thought never crossed my mind that donating blood might not be achieveable. So, I persisted…
The second time around, I felt more confident. I’d spent my week eating loads of iron rich foods, thinking I’d be able to
trick increase my iron levels enough so that they fell into a safe range for blood donation. Mr DMD came along, we went through the forms and interviews, and then the finger print test. My result was 2 points off what it needed to be, but as we know, the machine can be a little ‘off’ and I knew my system was full of iron. Confidence brimming, I went through to the clinic…this is it, I thought, today is the day. The nurse took another sample to confirm my levels, while I played Ricky Martin’s ‘Livin’ la vida loca’ on my ipod. Feeling good, great even! And then…BAH-BOW!! Failed AGAIN! How could it be? “It’s just not safe”, the nurse said, “I don’t think you should come back again”. SUPER SAD FACE!!!!!!!!!!
So, herein lies my dilemma. I set out to donate blood, tried twice, and failed twice on account of the fact that even though my iron levels are healthy by any doctor’s standards, they are not in a high enough range to be able to donate blood safely without causing anaemia (no actual health issues
people mum!). However, on the upside, my super dooper Mister HAS donated twice…I’d like to think that his 2 donations represent one for himself, and one on my behalf…taking one for the team if you will! What do you think? Does it still count or should I try again?