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My first blood donation!

  

Amanda

East Taunton, MA
December 30, 2013
For a long time I had watched my dad come home with the bandage on his arm, he would donate blood during his break at work. It seemed so easy, to donate in that short of time. After a long wait, I was finally 16, which meant that I would be able to donate (with a parent accompanying me). Days before my birthday I called and made the appointment, I went in around 11 on my birthday, all excited and nervous about giving blood. But, my nerves got the best of me. My pulse got me deferred, and let me tell you, I was pretty let down. A few weeks later, I went back. I was ready and excited again. I knew that I needed my pulse to stay down, and I tried so hard, and the nurse was so patient. But, nevertheless, I was yet again deferred. But, on Saturday (today is Monday, December 30th), I had another appointment. I was excited to try again (especially about the limited time shirt!!!) and so I went. I wasn't nervous, I wasn't over excited. When the nurse took my pulse, it was 120. I was defeated yet again. I knew that I had one more shot at getting my pulse down. She told me to wait and calm down. During that time, I was yelling at myself in my head, I wanted to calm down, I had to. So, when the nurse's boss came in, I was ready. I told her about my allergy medication that might be an issue. Then, a minute later, I was finally told I could. I managed to get my pulse to 96. I cannot describe the excitement I felt. When the nurse left the room, I was dancing in my chair (literally), I was bouncing up and down, grinning ear to ear. I went through all the questions, the whole process. After a couple of minutes of searching for a vein, because mine are small, I was finally able to. I expected a much worse pain. Honestly, getting my nose pierced (a little over a year ago) was a far worse pain than the needle in my arm. I felt great before, during, and after. If I could, I think I could donate again tomorrow and still be fine. Donating blood was such a fulfilling experience, I can't wait to do it again. If you're eligible, PLEASE DONATE!! Someone needs it. I always tell myself that if (god forbid) a loved one got into a situation where they needed blood, that someone would be as kind as myself to donate blood. Be the change that you want to see in the world!!