A PSA from Keri Ford

So, yes. This is late, but for a good reason! I had a yearly physical this morning and then I was due to go donate blood. So that’s where I’ve been. And since the day is already half over with, I’m going to keep this short with a quick PSA (and because I want to watch last night’s Sleepy Hollow before kids get out of school. heh).

So who here donates regularly? GOOD FOR YOU! GO YOU! Seriously, GREAT JOB.

Who’s never given before? Don’t be shy. A couple years ago, I would have been sticking my arm and waving it around because I was terrified. Then I got guilty and finally got the nerve to try it out. And you know what? It’s not that bad.

For real. You think it’s bad. You think it’s miserable and terrible and the WORST THING EVER. But it’s not. It’s easy. It takes maybe 1/2 an hour and you’re saving somebody’s life. For the quick prick, to save a life, I can do that. In all honesty, the most painful part is the itty, bitty prick on the tip of your finger to check your iron. It’s the same basic deal as people who prick their finger to check blood sugar.

Plus free t-shirts, drinks, and snacks. If they had wifi, they’d probably never get rid of me. In all the times I’ve been (10 or more trips?), I’ve never seen anyone be physically ill. I’ve never seen anyone pass-out on the floor. The worst I’ve seen is a little upset stomach and the techs are on them in lick and they’re feeling better in minutes.

For anybody who’s never been and are curious, here’s some quick tip-list.

1. On the first time, take someone with you who has done it before. Moral support. Yay!

2. Eat some peanuts or meat on the way and drink plenty of water. Today I grabbed some leftover turkey from the fridge and ate that.

3. Go to a blood drive bus or advertised location. Don’t go to the main store or office or whatever. That’s where the newbies are lurking. You want the experienced techs who’s been sticking people all day long and are pros at it.

4. Don’t be shy. Tell them you’re a first timer and request an experienced tech (just in case a newbie slipped in there on the drive).

5. Be calm. You’re not going to be spraying blood every where like a water hose on full blast. Just relax and squeeze your ball. The actual giving of blood only takes 5 to 10 minutes.

6. If you’re at anytime uncomfortable or feel off in anyway, tell your tech. They have all the tricks of the trade down to a speedy art to get you fixed up!

7. It can be cold. Bring a jacket.

8. You can’t cross your legs. On my first trip, I learned not to wear a skirt again!

And that’s it. And for bonus! To keep yourself healthy, you have a legit reason to skip the gym or any strenuous activity for about two days. Wins all around, I tell ya.