OCT 1 – I was excited and nervous to fulfill one of my life goals, to donate blood. I’m scared with needles but ironically, I use them as tools for sewing. But what’s frightening is that it’s intentionally has to be injected into your skin. But growing up, I’m trying to conquer this fear. I get vaccinations full heartedly because it’s for my own good.
This one’s different. They’re taking a bag of blood from your body. It’s my first time so I’m not sure if how does that feel, if I’m I gonna faint or what. And to think that the needle they’re going to use is thicker. ‘Like a Zesto straw’, they say, which made it a more frightening impression.
UST BLOOD BANK, 2pm – They took a sample of my blood, asked me safety questions, and kindly asked me to wait. As my name is called, they told me to lie down and relax. It took time for me relax. As I gather myself, I relaxed, looked at the other way and med technologist injected it.
As the blood flows through the tube, I thought about the people struggling. Patients from a tragic accident, dengue and other diseases and complications. Many people die because of the loss of blood. And many people are desperate to have some blood, the people who really need immediate blood transfusion.
As I volunteer, I’m thankful to God for giving me a healthy body. As they say, ‘It’s better to give than to receive’. It heart-whelming to somehow help someone. And the fact that it’s going to a stranger makes it even more better. You won’t know if who will have your blood, who is having your blood. What’s important is that, you helped.
I’m definitely gonna do this every 3 months (which is only allowed). It wasn’t painful. It bruised days after but it’s okay. UST was accommodating and very good at what they do.