BLOOD DONATION DAY!
by Kyle Estabillo (6B)
Blood Donation Day was held on 10th March 2017 in the school hall at Rosaryhill School. Students who were sixteen and above could donate blood. I, fortunately enough, was one of them.
First, I had to fill in a form before I sat down in the waiting area. During my wait, I had mixed feelings before donating my blood. Scared, because I saw my friends wince whenever the needle was being inserted into their arm and I absolutely have zero tolerance for pain, so I hate getting hurt; Nervous, because of all the waiting, I had to watch other students get their blood taken, while I had to wait for my turn; But most of all, what I felt about myself was that I was Brave. I felt quite proud that I was giving my blood to someone who really needed it.
Before students could donate their blood, they had to take a haemoglobin count blood test in order to see if they were fit to donate blood. The nurse had to prick their finger in order to get a sample of their blood. (which was quite painful for me! ) Unfortunately, some students were not able to pass the test as their haemoglobin count did not exceed the requirements, and therefore they were not able to donate blood. Fortunately, I passed the test. After that, they took my blood pressure. At this point I was already extremely petrified and nervous! The nurse was sitting beside me the whole time and as soon as she took the needle out, I looked away.
Then suddenly, without warning, pain rushed through my arm followed by a warm sensation I can’t really describe. I almost cried, but luckily, I managed not to. After a few minutes, it was finally over! They put a bandage on my arm, and asked me to sit and rest for a while.
A total of 350 milliliters of blood was taken from me. After the blood taking, I felt very happy because I remembered the reason why I decided to give my blood in the first place. One of them was, of course, for the experience. But the most important reason is that I wanted to save a life. No matter how little blood I gave, I’m sure that it would change the course of someone’s life significantly. The thought of it warms my heart, I would definitely donate again someday.
So, donate your blood now!