Wednesday, April 03, 2013
I figured out why they make you wait so long between blood donations. It's nothing to do with letting your body recover, that's just the cover story.
It's to give you chance to forget. When that letter drops onto your doormat you just think "Yeah I'm gonna give blood and save someone's life!".
You don't remember having to parrot your address and birth date 10 times to 8 different nurses.
You don't remember the tension in your shoulders and arms and back as soon as you catch a whiff of alcohol gel.
You don't remember the split second before the needle touches your skin when your brain and muscles are screaming at you to RUN!!
And you don't remember being sore and really quite cold for the rest of the day.
If they didn't make you wait so long there'd be no such thing as second time donors.
On a completely unrelated note - I found something to kill my worryingly frequent ice cream cravings. You just slice a banana, stick a wee bit of peanut butter between two slices and freeze them.
I like them best when they've been out of the freezer for one or two minutes and are just starting to go a wee bit squishy. Mm. I may never eat an unfrozen banana again!