Blog Prompt – Today the American Red Cross was established on this day in 1873. Have you ever given blood? If so, tell me about your experience.
I had never given blood before until my dad was put on the heart transplant list and we were told we could store our blood to use for him.Â This was about 20 years ago.Â So, my mom, brother and I went to give blood.Â Thats when the trouble started.
Since I didn’t know what to expect, I watched as my mom gave blood and it was easy pesy.Â My brother gave, same results.Â Then it was my turn and th poking with the needle began.Â I can’t tell you how many times she poked in my arm before she finally got a vein.Â I was just about to tell her to either send someone else over or to forget the whole thing.Â Come to find out my veins have a tendency to collapse.
Anyway, after she finally hit a vein and the blood was flowing, I laid their, squeezing the ball and after what seemed like quite awhile the nurse came over.Â She looked at the bag and told me I had only filled it half way and that I was going to have to stop.Â Â The bag should have filled much faster.
Well hell.Â They even had to throw out the half filled bag because you can only store full bags.Â WHAT A WASTE OF MY PRECIOUS FLUIDS!!
After I got home and hanging my head low from not being able to pull my part as a family member, my arm started hurting.Â I pulled up my sleeve and was bruised from my shoulder to my wrist.Â I ended up in the doctors office and bruised for quite some time.
It was years before I got enough nerve to give blood again and this time I explained what had happened before they put in the needle.Â A guy came over, put the needle in and I filled the bottle in no time.Â I couldn’t believe it.Â I still had a little bit of bruising, but not like before.
I have given blood a few times, but the last couple of times gave me bad bruising again, so I feel its not my thing to do.Â I can give little vials of blood with no problem.Â Just not a whole bag.
Now on to American Idol.
If you have been reading my blog during this season, you know I have been an Adam fan.Â I was so disappointed last night that he didn’t win.Â But, now he won’t be obligated for a year to AI and get in the studio faster.Â I have no doubts he won’t be a start.Â Chris is a great singer, I just thought Adam did a much better job with all the songs he did during the season.
And what a concert it was last night.Â Lionel Richie, Rod Stewart, Kiss and Queen!!Â I loved it!!
And yes, you guessed it. I have to show a clip.
Have a wonderful day,
I’m just a country girl loving my geeky life with my wonderful husband, always taking pictures, getting my hands dirty in the garden, being crafty, exploring with travels and enjoying all this on a budget. But above all, living my faith as a child of God!