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18 June 2012 @ 02:28 pm
Blood Donation  
The Blood Service's Facebook feed has been posting increasingly dramatic pleas that it will be the Olympics any day now, and people will be bleeding, uncontrollably, all over London and the provinces and what will the Blood Service do?????* so I thought I had better toddle along to the local donor centre and do my bit especially since, what with one thing and another, it is over six months since I last gave blood. Given the histrionic messages I was somewhat surprised to find that they only had one bed available today, however I had serendipitously turned up for the one unbooked slot so that was OK.

Last time I attempted to give blood the vein in my arm stubbornly refused to oblige with the whole "bleed on demand" concept. As a result, today we all stared at my arms dubiously and discussed the possible location of alternative veins. It always mildly disconcerts me when medical professionals insist on consulting me about this kind of thing. Can't they just look at my arms and pick something? In the end we agreed on a "side vein" in my right arm which briefly flirted with not bleeding on demand until a senior nurse was summoned to give it a Very Hard Stare, at which point it promptly started bleeding sensibly again.

I'm sure you are all relieved to know that I have, no doubt single-handedly, averted Crisis at the Olympics.

*Those of you who may be tempted by this to sign up for the Facebook feed for a laugh should note that a certain amount of exaggeration is taking place here for comic effect.

This entry was originally posted at http://purplecat.dreamwidth.org/70760.html.
fredbassettfredbassett on June 18th, 2012 02:21 pm (UTC)

Ahem, moving swiftly on....
louisedennislouisedennis on June 18th, 2012 02:27 pm (UTC)
fredbassettfredbassett on June 18th, 2012 02:38 pm (UTC)

philmophlegm: Yamamayaaphilmophlegm on June 18th, 2012 03:58 pm (UTC)
Tennis is the worst apparently...
louisedennislouisedennis on June 18th, 2012 04:05 pm (UTC)
Gracious! I can't say I've a lot of sympathy with the guy, from the reporting I wasn't clear whether he'd just been hugely unlucky or not, but the video shows him kicking the hoarding right in front of the referees feet. I'm not really surprised it hit the referee.

I don't recall the Blood Service commenting on whether it was, specifically, bleeding referees we were to look worry about...
wellinghallwellinghall on June 18th, 2012 04:46 pm (UTC)
I am very impressed with anyone who gives blood (and quite impressed with myself for reading your post right through, without feeling more than a bit queasy!) I still couldn't give blood, though; and it might not be a good idea even if my brain would let me; as I have asked about organ donation, but the experts can't agree on whether it would be A Good Thing.
philmophlegm: Elricphilmophlegm on June 18th, 2012 08:37 pm (UTC)
I did it enough to get a special bronze(ish) pin award, but now they won't let me.
louisedennislouisedennis on June 19th, 2012 08:40 am (UTC)
I was very impressed when I got my pin, and a certificate!!! No one had explained that there were points and prizes involved. Of course, it makes it doubly irritating now when I turn up and they decide I'm not allowed to donate this time around...
wellinghallwellinghall on June 19th, 2012 06:31 pm (UTC)
I am very impressed with that.
louisedennislouisedennis on June 19th, 2012 08:39 am (UTC)
I imagine it would depend upon the organs donated. Some of them must be in working order surely! I'm pretty impressed you read this as well!
wellinghallwellinghall on June 19th, 2012 06:31 pm (UTC)
There probably are some bits of me that work properly (although right now I'm struggling to think of any). They can't be guaranteed to keep on working, though.
telperion_15telperion_15 on June 18th, 2012 07:02 pm (UTC)
louisedennislouisedennis on June 19th, 2012 08:41 am (UTC)
fififolle: Primeval - Becker bloodfififolle on June 18th, 2012 08:08 pm (UTC)
LOL!!! It always amazes me how hard it is to get an appointment (an appointment?! I ask you!) to give blood.
I feel it is a Good Thing that your blood tends towards staying in your body. Mine has the same blessed tendency. Keep squeezing the squeezy thing to coax it out, only a minute until the deadline or the WHOLE BAG IS WASTED AND LONDON WILL DIE *nod*
louisedennislouisedennis on June 19th, 2012 08:43 am (UTC)
They're so fussy when you get there as well, "are you sure you're not feeling under the weather?" - I understand they have to be careful but whenever I get turned away I'm all "Just Take the Blood and Stop Wasting my Time!"

I'm always having to squeeze the squeeze thing. Often they blithely say "Oh you won't need it" then thirty seconds later they hand it to me and say "just pump that will you".
fififolle: Primeval - Becker bloodfififolle on June 19th, 2012 07:06 pm (UTC)
Hahha, yes. It's not supposed to be normal practice now, but it's the only way my blood will come out :p
My Dad was hoping to make 100 donations before he pegs it, but he now has white coat syndrome high blood pressure so they won't let him give much any more - he has to be so right on the day :( His grand life total will probably be 90 or so, still not bad.
louisedennislouisedennis on June 20th, 2012 11:46 am (UTC)
I don't think you can argue with 90 donations, fun as 100 would be.
fififolle: Primeval - Becker bloodfififolle on June 20th, 2012 03:30 pm (UTC)
That's what I say!
Kargicq: Neuromancerkargicq on June 19th, 2012 10:31 am (UTC)
YEah their online system is rubbish. Not surprised they have problems getting enough. -N (did succeed in getting an appt and donating about 2 weeks ago)
louisedennislouisedennis on June 19th, 2012 10:41 am (UTC)
In the few years I've been donating the whole appointments thing has changed several times. I was quite surprised this time around to be able to book an appointment for October as I left. I used to be allowed to do this but the system changed it was verboten for a bit - much more preferable to sitting on the phone or wrestling with the website.
kristen_mara: Grandkristen_mara on June 19th, 2012 10:04 am (UTC)

Hee - that deserves my 'grand' icon.

As a citizen of one of the Commonwealth countries, I thank you for your thoughtful donation and for the fun slant on it all

louisedennislouisedennis on June 19th, 2012 10:42 am (UTC)
*g* I realise it must be a great relief to the Commonwealth to know that there will be Blood at the Games!
wellinghallwellinghall on June 20th, 2012 06:48 pm (UTC)
But I didn't think rugby was an Olympic sport at the moment ...
Gabbygabcd86 on August 5th, 2012 04:22 pm (UTC)
Fuck. Reading this comment made me realise I forgot to go to my bleeding appointment the other week. Now the bit where you said provinces is less funny.
louisedennis: roleplayinglouisedennis on August 5th, 2012 05:24 pm (UTC)
It's karmic retribution for blaspheming the far north.

PS. BD has started PMing me saying he wants to write something though he doesn't seem clear what - though presumably it will all end with a dead BD.
Gabbygabcd86 on August 5th, 2012 05:35 pm (UTC)
Karmic retribution will be me dying of blood loss at any point in my life.

Well, that thing I was telling you about lost steam after one chapter. So I'm up for anything that involves me being told what to write and when to write it. Preferably with lists.
louisedennislouisedennis on August 6th, 2012 02:46 pm (UTC)
Calendars may fail us but the lists remain true.

Not that BD has got back to me at all.