By the end of finals week, I was fully rested and fully recovered, and a good thing too, for yesterday I got an email from an old high school aquaintance whom I hadn't heard from since graduation. It seems her aunt was having a difficult pregnancy; they needed O negative blood and she found out from another friend that was my blood type, and asked if I could donate.
That was no problem (although I must say, it did kinda creep me out that old highschool friends know my blood type), so I put aside my Saturday plans to go donate. Us O- kids have to stick together.
Blood donations are somewhat up in the air for me, they can either be problem-free or really really bad, so it always makes me slightly nervous. One thing that puzzles me is how much the finger prick bothers me. It shouldn't, logically, as I cut myself on a regular basis working with glass, it shouldn't be any big deal at all. Strange.
Anyway, this time the donation went well, but I am always flustered at how slow it takes me. Perhaps it's low blood pressure or low pulse, but two people sat down after me and finished several minutes before I was even close! Not fair!! Still, I was thankful that there were no problems this time.
And yet, a good donation does not get me off the hook, it still drains a lot out of me (ha ha!). Even after a good donation, I'm generally reduced to a shivering mass of protoplasm, unable to use the arm I gave out of for several hours. That doesn't matter, though, as I fell asleep for at least 6. This is also quite unfair, especially when there are people like Nate, who can hop in, donate a pint, then go out and play a game of Ultimate Frisbee right away.
My dad suggested I look into apherisis, since I have such a problem with the donation affecting me, because you don't lose any blood volume. He gives platelets quite regularly, so perhaps I'll check that out.
At any rate, I'm still a bit drained and woosy, so I think I'll go sleep for another day and a half. I am on break, afterall.