Hi there! In case you didn’t know, today is world blood donor day. In honor of that, I decided to share my own experiences with donating blood. (So yes, I’m a blood donor.) Lets start at the beginning. Which is the first time I thought about donating my blood.
It was my freshman year at Furman University, I was still 17 years old. I just got my coffee at Starbucks when I saw a van from the blood bank. I kinda just figured, why not? So I went inside and had to go through some tests. Apparently you’re allowed to donate blood at 17 because my age wasn’t the issue. However, since I’m from the Netherlands, I require different vaccinations from the ones they require in the US. Therefore I couldn’t donate any blood.
I forgot about it for a bit and then somehow got reminded again at the age of 19. I was back in the Netherlands and I was most likely able to donate blood. Obviously I still had to go through some tests but they all turned out fine. If you want to know why I decided to become a blood donor, I just couldn’t really find a reason not to. I’m not afraid of needles, I can miss some of my blood and most of all I can help someone with it.
I’m not gonna lie, I was a little scared the first time. Everyone lays in the same room attached to those machines and the needle was a little bigger than I expected. However, it isn’t that bad and it’s only for a few minutes. Also, you get free food and that’s always a plus. Keep in mind that you probably shouldn’t exercise the same day or even the day after. I kinda underestimated myself the first time. Then again, I’m also a bit of a light weight haha.
Thanks for reading! P.s. I’m not writing this because I want to ask everyone to become a donor. That’s your own choice. However, if you consider it you can always do a little research to see if you want to become a donor.