Monday, April 11, 2011

Blood!

Today I gave blood! And not just to anyone, but someone actually in surgery at the time. A few weeks ago I signed up to be a blood donor. They don't take your blood right away and store it. Instead if you are cross-matched with a patient, they notify you if and when they need it.

The patient I gave blood for had a large facial tumor and they had started to need blood during the surgery. The operating room notified the lab, who then called me to see if I was available, and within the next few minutes I was lying in a bed next to the ICU ready to get my blood sucked out. Maggie, the phlebotomist, or vampire as she calls herself, stuck a giant needle in my arm and sat holding the bag while the blood drained into it. A little more informal than a usual blood bank.

My favorite part was that afterwards I got free Coke and Oreos. The only thing better would have been if they were fried Oreos, I miss those. 

2 comments:

Liberty said...

good for you giving blood!!!! That's very brave ;)
love you!

Lyd said...

mmmm....fried oreos! I wish we could send you some--but they would be pretty nasty by the time they reached you, so i won't do that.

ps. i really miss you!
I completely forgot about your blog and (mine) and i'm so happy to be back in th eloop about your trip!

love you, jess!
Ps. i made a post about how we got engaged so you can see for yourself...and will you be stateside in July? : ) If not, you WILL be there via skype. you have no choice. : )