The rather hyped up blood donation drive in the campus yesterday had attracted both students and public, including myself. I was a bit excited about it actually. I don’t donate blood as often as I could because the Red-Cross medics have the tendency to reject my blood due to low blood pressure. And even if I did manage to donate, I ended up fainting.
Well, yesterday, I prepared myself physically by eating healthy brunch of rice and “pindang ikan patin” , finished with a glass of caisim (yes, caisim the green veggie) juice – doesn’t taste as bad as you’d thought. And then I gulped a tiny glass of strawberry milk too. So, what happened next? I waited for my turn to donate, stepped on the bed, needle went in and out went my blood.
I didn’t get up immediately, until the nurse gave me an OK. I got up, walked about a meter to pick up my card, and the world turned black.
Suddenly, people were carrying me away and placed a strong ethanol-like scented cotton ball on my nose tip. Once again, I fainted following a blood donation. Students and some staffs surrounded me to see if I was okay, and someone came with a glass of warm, sweet tea.
After a while, a member of red-cross medic team told me to leave the bed because someone else had to use it. I was still feeling rather drowsy but stood up anyway. I walked heading for the door with my dorm-mate , T.
Two meters away from the bed, my legs gotten really weak and again, I lost most of my strength to walk and collapsed. Darn it !! Whyyy ??? I don’t understand why other people can donate blood so easily without experiencing series of fainting ordeals like me? I grappled one of my student and told him that class shall be rescheduled, then T rushed me home and there I collapsed for several hours.
I still don’t feel quite right today. Sigh…
A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 units of blood.
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