Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Blogmas - 17.12.14

Today's post was meant to be a very different post indeed.  But I guess, sometimes, or maybe alot of the time, things really don't go the way you had hoped or planned, and you have to just go with it. Today's original post was going to be about me doing something for someone else. An act of kindness that might make me nervous, a bit sick and take me completely out of my comfort zone, but at the same time would make a difference to someone, somewhere.  I decided I was going to donate blood. 

And here's the thing.  Once this idea had popped into my head last week, after finding my local donation session and time, it was all I could think about. I was so so nervous! And it was still a week away! The night I had decided what I was going to do, I couldn't sleep! I told myself to get a grip, and I tried to concentrate on that end feeling of satisfaction (and maybe relief), when I had actually given blood. And did you know that donating blood can save up to three lives? Wow. What better Christmas present to give. 

This morning, I felt sick.  You know that nervous feeling? Butterflies in the stomach?  That was me times 10. They tell you to make sure you are hydrated before the donation, so I drank a gallon of juice at lunch. I had even given up a chocolate baileys the night before so my blood would be in tip-top condition!! It took me ages to get ready too.  I wanted something that was warm, but was also cool in case I got faint.  It also had to have easy access to my veins. You could say maybe white wasn't the best colour, but I had every faith in the nurses that the blood would be kept to where it was supposed to be! I opted for a mistletoe jumper (may as well look festive!)



and a very comfortable cotton bunny t-shirt underneath. I am willing to bet no-one else has an outfit of the day for a blood donation!!! 


Me and my husband argued as we parked the car (so far so good), as he was adamant he could park outside the venue, when in actual fact you couldn't (like I'd already told him).  After re-parking the car, we entered the donation centre.  Eeek! This was it. Or not.  At the desk the nurse informed me they were too busy to take my blood as the session was already full.  I think I looked liked I was going to cry (which is probably a bit odd when someone tells you you can't give blood). But you know when you psyche yourself up for something so much, then all your thoughts and plans go right out the window.  I envied the people having their blood taken!!! My husband stopped me from pulling someone off the donation couch and we quickly exited (OK, not quite, but I am not over-exaggerating my disappointment!). Even Baba was disappointed as after a whole 10 minutes of conversation about what mummy was doing, she only remembered the bit about biscuits, and she couldn't wait to donate!  

And I guess, I could take that as a sign that its not meant to be. That maybe I should forget donation.  I mean, its easy enough to do. I haven't done it for the last 32 years, so what difference will another few years make.  But I guess that's the thing isn't it? That's why the blood service needs blood.  Because people are too busy, too nervous, too scared to do it.  But with you, blog readers as my witnesses, I am going to go again and make my donation in January.  This time, I will make an appointment so I can't be turned away.  I will share with you my nervousness, my fears, and I will tell you what it is exactly like, in the hope, that maybe if just one other person reads this and goes and donates too, then that will just be unbelievable.  

And that concludes today's blog.  My lovely husband took me and Baba out for a brownie hot chocolate and babycino to cheer me up (after I had ran to the toilet - wish I hadn't drank quite so much juice!!). And as soon as I got home I put on my comfy festive pjs. (Don't pretend you don't love them!!). :-) 


I am now off to have that chocolate baileys that I skipped on last night. But I would love to know your thoughts on blood donation. Have you ever donated? Would you do it? Could I inspire you with my story? Comments below please, and part two of this story to come in January 2015! 

Thank you for reading and see you tomorrow for Blogmas day 18!  




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14 comments:

  1. I can't remember the last time I did it! There used to be a van outside our office that came and was perfect for going in lunch breaks! I actually have no issues having it done (I am used to it all now with IVF!!) however I can see it would take a lot of effort if you hate it! Good luck in the new year #sharewithme

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  2. Shame they didn't have time for you to donate after all that, will you go back again? #sharewithme x

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    1. Yes! I am determined to go back for 2015! Eek! x

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  3. You are so brave! I am too scared to donate blood... Needles scare me :( cute outfit though and I love your PJs!

    Jessica
    the.pyreflies.org

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    1. Thank you so much!
      Fingers crossed my next attempt goes a little better! x

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  4. What a shame the session was full but hope you manage to give blood next time. I used to give blood fairly regularly but haven't done so since having children. I think I'm now able to do so again though so really must make an appointment to give blood again soon. My eldest daughter has a heart condition and has needed a blood transfusion several times so we are very grateful to anyone who gives blood.

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    1. I think it makes you want to give blood more when you hear about people who have actually needed the blood, like your daughter. I am determined to do it in 2015!! x

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  5. That's really admirable! Even if it obviously wasn't meant to be this time... You might actually inspire more people as you will write about it at least twice :-)
    I remember when I went to donate blood with two of my friends a long time ago. They didn't take my blood as I had had an operation that year, one of my friends had low blood sugar (or something) when they tested it from the finger and my other friend fainted as soon as they started!! So, not very successful either but will definitely go again. Thanks for reminding me. #sharewithme

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    1. Thank you so much for your comment and words of encouragement! That means alot! x

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  6. Ahh bless you I would be really upset too getting so psyched for it and then being turned away. Hahah That's something me and my hubby would argue about the parking! lol Bless ya. I can't stand needles they make me pass out. yikers. Great post though hunny. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me and for all the amazing linky support in 2014! I can't thank you enough. Happy Holidays! #sharewithme

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    1. You are very welcome and happy holidays to you too! x

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  7. Oh what a shame you couldn't donate! But so glad you're going back, Each time I've tried to do it they've struggled to find veins and i've ended up fainting!! x x x

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    1. Oh no!!! That's a shame!!
      I think once I am there I will be fine...its the anticipation of it all.
      Thank you for reading and stopping by! x

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