The Ill Communication

Drain a vein
December 12, 2016 | 22:42 | Written by: snake911

I used to do a lot of volunteer work when I was younger by helping out our local church during the holiday season by sorting out donated food and toys; and I think I should get back into that and give more time in volunteer work, so that may be a goal for 2017 I should really consider.  But in the meantime, I decided to do the easiest option which is to donate some blood.  Now this is something I wish I could do more, but I've only done it twice this year.  For one, I really hate needles.  Not scared of them, but I hate the idea of metal piercing my skin and seeing the bag of blood slowly filling up, and the pinching sensation you get where the needle makes contact.  Then afterwards, I get symptoms like feeling exhausted and having headaches.  So it's not a pleasurable experience for me.  But then I think of the person who needs the blood and would happily switch places with me if all they were doing were getting a shot in their arm as opposed to whatever horrible situation they're in that requires receiving blood.  So I suck it up and just deal with it because my issues are nothing compared to theirs.

But it's not all bad, there are some positives too.  For one, everyone at the blood donation centers are the nicest, assisting you every step of the way so you yourself are doing the bare minimum (which is giving them your blood).  On top of that, you get to eat free cookies, sandwiches, and juice during the waiting period after the process is over, so that's something to look forward to!  And you get to pick what color your bandage is, which I like to get the light blue colored one.  So it's a win-win.

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