“A little pain is a great deed to save lives.”
The other Sunday we went to the church for a regular Mass in the evening (night shifts do come to mass on evenings too). We saw this poster below about some blood donation activity by the church.
This would be my first time to do this so I was very excited. There had been a lot of chances in the past like these but it is just either the event is just too far away or I forgot the date of the event. Luckily, when we saw this announcement, it is still a week away.
So came September 11, 2010 and pardon my mental lapses, we went to the church for the blood donation and saw the poster in surprise to know that it is still for tomorrow. That day just became a ‘Despicable Day’.
The sun came up for September 12 and it is already 10am and we were still lazy to get up due to late night ‘Patapon-ing’. In our haste we forgot one important thing to bring in the event: A CAMERA. Wtf.
I was actually the one who will undergo this stuff but just asked my wife to do also. She heeded but was hesitant and nervous. I was nervous to not because of needles, but of the fact that this is our first time and someone it will still give an ‘OUCH’. lol.
We filled the forms for information along with the consent that we are going for this and some questions regarding our well being (current and past illness and medical operations). An assistant poke one small needle to get us some blood sample for initial testing, ie Hemoglobin etc.
After a few minutes the assistant gave us a go and headed to a beds ready for the donors. The doctor (I assume she is), asked us to breath deep. But just in the middle of that gulp of big air, was a strike of a huge needle that destroyed the moment. A big ouch for me.
We were asked to do a ‘close open, close open’ like the babies do. My blood then came out of the system.
One bag of life was taken out of me. The pain was nothing as to the exhilarating feeling of giving a life to another.
Other than the opportunity to share ourselves, we were also given: 1 Jolibee Regular Yum and 1 can of Sprite each. And these t-shirts below:
While our kids is waiting for us to get up, Asher began his talkativeness.
Asher: Lumilipad ako.
Knight of Columbus Member: Ay, nakakatakot naman itong kausap ko. Saan ka naman lumilipad?
A: Sa bahay namin.
KoC: Dapat lang wag kang lalayo ha.
A: Ako si power rangers.
A: Bibili kami ng laptop.
Doctor: Ang sosi naman ng mga batang ito gusto e laptop. Kanino bang mga anak to?
Me: Sa amin po.
D: Ang bata bata pa gusto na ng laptop.
M: Hindi po. Yun yung mga laptop sa toy kingdom. Yung educational.
Things to know about Blood Donation
You can donate as often as every three months
You can’t donate if you did piercing/tattoo in the past 12 months
You can’t drive 12 hours after
You can’t fly (a plane) a day after
You must not workout 3 days before donating. It will tighten the muscles hiding the blood veins
You can’t donate if you had sex with an HIV prone person
You can’t donate if you are sick or taking medications
You can’t donate if you have a high blood pressure
If you don’t know your blood type, with this you will
I tire easily right now a day after the donation so gym boys I would be skipping today’s session.
I know there are other events like these everywhere so if you want you can also share yourself to others. It’s just a little pain but saves others’ great pain.