On giving blood

I've seen too much Buffy in my lifetime. At the blood drive today, I happened to glance at a full packet of blood and my first thought was, "Wouldn't Angel love to get his hands on that." (Of course, I'm also the girl who got the new iPod engraved with "Once More, With Feeling".)

Today was the first time that I've given blood when the nurses didn't have to spend ten minutes trying to coax a vein to cooperate. All she had to do was tilt my arm at a slight angle and voila, she could stick the needles in me (two needles: a thin one for a mild anesthesia, so that she can slide in the thicker one that actually channels out the blood). Between that and the stress ball they had me clench and release, the blood packet was filled up in no time (i.e. five minutes). It's a new personal best.


At 2/25/2005 1:13 am , Anonymous Anonymous said...

*boggles* They actually give you anesthesia? I've always just had them jab the thing in my arm and hope they get lucky. ;)

At 2/25/2005 4:39 am , Blogger Agagooga said...

You need anaesthesia when they draw 500ml. This isn't 5ml!

You should let me draw your blood. I'm quite good!

At 2/25/2005 5:48 am , Blogger Cowboy Caleb said...

ok looks like you just scored some brownie points with the man upstairs.

At 2/25/2005 6:05 am , Blogger Tym said...

lana --- Just a mild anaesthesia, enough that you can marvel at the thick needle sliding into your vein without you feeling anything at all.

Agagooga --- I didn't know you knew how. Then again, you don't work for HSA!

Cowboy Caleb --- Uh, give blood only, small thing lah. How can so easy score points?

At 2/27/2005 11:11 pm , Blogger Andrew said...

you don't *need* anaesthesia; they don't routinely give anaesthesia in australia nless you ask for it (as i discovered to mild surprise)

At 3/01/2005 1:08 am , Blogger Tym said...

I think I'd prefer to have anaesthesia anywhere. The needle that draws out the blood into the packet, it be thick. *shudder*


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