On Saturday morning we headed out to take care of a cupcake delivery and get to the post office and so on, and when we parked at the shopping centre we saw the SANBS tent with signs calling for blood donors.
I am already an organ donor, but I’ve wanted to look into becoming a blood donor for a long time, so after we collected our SAGA puppy’s new name tag we headed for the tent.
We told the people in the tent we wanted to be donors, and they asked if we were on any medication. I told him about my daily allergy meds and asthma treatment, and he asked me to inhale. I thought he was referring to my asthma so I took a big deep breath through my mouth and he said no, through your nose. Of course, my nose is partially blocked on a permanent basis, I’m allergic to too many plants to avoid them all and dust and pet dander sets me off too… And he asked if my blocked nose was just that day or always like that and when I said its normal for me, they said I can’t be a blood donor!
I would never have dreamed my allergies would make that a problem, but it makes sense… My blood is always full of allergens and white blood cells to fight the things that make me sneeze, and that would just make a sick person sicker.
So I can’t be a hero.
My Glugster can though. He filled in the paper work, they checked his blood pressure, and then it was off to donate his first 500ml.
The SANBS staff in the tent were absolutely fantastic. They were friendly and funny and eager to help. When Yvonne was preparing to stick the needle in my Glugster’s arm he told her it was his first time. Without missing a beat she smiled and said “Don’t worry, mine too!”
His donation went smoothly and he was advised to take it easy on partying and the like for the rest of the day, and he’ll be able to donate again in two months time.
Can I just say – as sort of an aside – that knowing I’d have to answer some pretty personal questions in order to become a donor didn’t phase me in the least (not that I’ve ever worried about filling in such a form before)! I like that I know my status, I like that I am in a loving monogamous relationship, and I like knowing that I can tick all the right boxes without hesitation.