Life seems to be speeding up for me these days. Plans that have taken months are finally coming together and I can’t wait to share the results. Also, with a little prodding from readers, I have begun to check off items on my 30 Before 30 list.
Driving home after my weekly lunch with my dad, he noticed a sign for a blood drive in the neighborhood that benefited Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Since he knew that was one of the items on my list, he allowed me to steal even more of his afternoon as he went with me to check it out.
Giddy, I walked into the auditorium and signed in eager to get started on my list. After a brief questionnaire, blood pressure and temperature check, and prick on the finger to test my iron levels, I was cleared to donate and made my way to one of the empty beds.
Roger was my blood sucker, for lack of a better term, and he placed the whole world in my hands as he attempted to find one of my shy veins.
After a few tries, he finally found a suitable vein and the process began, first with four small vials and then with a whole pint. That’s right, they took a pound of my blood!
I sat there and chatted as people all around me were going through the same process. I tried to really take in everything that I was feeling, but the truth was, it didn’t feel that awful. I had just had a big lunch so weakness and fainting weren’t a problem for me and I didn’t experience the rush of my body cooling down as one unfortunate girl seemed to be going through. Rather, I was a little uncomfortable because I was lying down and I couldn’t move my right arm for fear of botching the whole donation.
When it was all done, I fist-bumped Roger and received goodies I wasn’t expecting. I was told to continue to relax for a few minutes, but I couldn’t stay still for much longer and was begging to sit up. Roger allowed me to upright myself, but wouldn’t let me leave the bed, preferring that I sit there for a few more minutes with my feet dangling over the edge.
Eventually, I was allowed to leave and headed home with my cake pop, juice box, and t-shirt to spend the rest of the day snuggled on the couch with Jake where we checked off another of my 30 Before 30 items and indulged in a few episodes of Downton Abbey.
And wouldn’t you know, I liked it.