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The Blood Seeker

“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.

lol.

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.

Final Comments

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.

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20 thoughts on “The Blood Seeker

    • yung wife ko ganun din dati. pero now nakapag-donate na siya. malay ninyo pwede na kayo.

      dahil dito mamo-move ang pagpapa-tattoo ko dahil gusto kong makakuha ng blood donor card sa february.

      πŸ˜€

  1. @ Cheesecake..!
    just reading this post…
    made me collapse..!
    oh my gahd..!
    i’m so afraid of blood..!
    i have considered doing this din…
    pero…
    talagang hindi ko kaya..!
    mamamatay yata ako..!
    believe me…
    nanlalambot ako habang…
    idenedetalye mo…
    yung ginagawa sa iyo..!
    naalala ko tuloy..,
    dati…
    sa faculty meeting namin…
    diniscuss din ang…
    blood donation..!
    nanlambot talaga ako..!
    tapos na yung faculty meeeting pero…
    hindi ako maka tayo sa upuan ko..!
    grabe..!
    pero…
    anyway…
    good job para sa iyo..!
    salamat sa dugo mo..!
    you just saved…
    another person’s life..! πŸ˜‰

    • hehe..
      ok lang yun..!
      meron talaga..,
      mga taong takot sa dugo..,
      o sa needles…
      baka imbes na makatulong ka…
      ikaw naman yung..,
      mapahamak..!
      lols…!

      πŸ˜€

  2. Matagal ko na tung pinapangarap na makuhaan sana ako ng dugo for donation kaso wala pang time always busy kasi sa work hirap na bka maano pa ako…. πŸ˜€

    Pero if ever magpapakuha pa rin ako tlaga… πŸ˜€

    • thanks for dropping by

      i actually had this donation in preparation for something else. iniisip ko kasi baka hindi na ako pwede magbigay in case that happens.

  3. Gusto ko sana itry to. Kasi sabi nila cleansing process din ito para sa katawan natin.

    Sana magkaroon ako ng time para dito. Hindi naman ako masyado takot sa ganito,

    medyo manghihina lang siguro tuhod ko pero pag natusukan na ako, okay na. Malakas

    naman ang pain tolerance ko…(Sana magdilang anghel!)

    • pambabawas daw yun ng cholesterol sa katawan…

      tapos dun mapupunta yung cholesterol sa dodonate-tan mo lol.

      Yun sakit ok lang yan. Yung kinakabahan ka, wag mong tignan yung needle habang ineinjection ka.

      Hinga lang ng malalim tapos… OUCH. πŸ˜€

  4. kelan kaya ako magkakalakas ng loob makapag donate ng dugo?..

    gusto ko rin yun kaso ayoko ng needle.. wahh.. hihimatayin po ako nun..

    isasama ko na lang siguro Kuya ko.. sya ibovolunteer kong magbigay ng dugo πŸ™‚

  5. Regular donor ako sa work.Project yun na mostly,ang beneficiaries eh ang La Salle blood bank.Ito yung paraan para kapag may mga empleyadong nangailangan ng dugo, makakakuha sila sa LaSalle Hospital ng libre.

    Isa pang benefits ay ang blood typing.Malalaman mo kung anung dugo mo at sino ang pwede mong gawing ka close para lapitan kapag na dengue ka at kailangan ng fresh blood transfusion.hehehe!

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