I donated blood for the first time today. I thought it was going to be quick and all that, but it took me almost an hour when I got out of there.
I had to fill out paperwork, which was what actually took most of my time there. They did an iron test first where they pricked my finger, and then I went on to the area to get my blood drawn.
I heard that the girl beside me who was there before I was fainted right after the needle went into her arm. They didn’t go through with that one. Poor girl…she looked embarrassed.
Anyways, the nurse who took my blood really squeezed my arm with their tool too hard, and I could literally see my hand turning purple. But it was all part of the procedure…they had to find a vein on my arm.
I was done in 5 minutes after that. They took a lot of blood, but they said I was a ‘gusher’ so it didn’t really take that long. :)
The whole experience was cool, other than the uncomfortable feeling I still have on my arm. I also got a t-shirt. ;)