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ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED: I donated blood!

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Some commentary incoming. If you’re not into reading me blather on for a few paragraphs, skip to the pics at the end. :)

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I’ve always wanted to donate blood since forever, it’s just that I was never heavy enough to pass the weight requirement. For those of you who are eligible, you people really should donate because not everybody can, and there’s a lot of people that need blood transfusions.

What I did was I called the Philippine Red Cross in Cebu to ask where I can donate blood, and they happened to have a blood drive in Metro Colon last Saturday, so I got my sedentary ass up and went there. There wasn’t much of a line there, so after I got weighed (I passed! YAY!), I filled up a questionnaire, then there was a short interview, followed by them taking my vital signs and blood type. 

The questions that they asked had to do with any risk factors you might have that would make them defer (that is, decline) your donation. Blood-borne diseases such as Hepatitis or HIV could be likelier for some people. For example, if you have tatoos, piercings, or took any recreational drugs, all of which might involve unsafe use of needles.

Actually, the interviewer flat-out asked me if I was gay, which was rather unexpected, but me being the nerd that I am, I just told him my sexual orientation, but I pointed out that it was the sexual behavior that was a risk factor, not the sexual orientation. Because of inherent risks and lifestyles often associated with men having sex with men (or MSM, the term for the sexual behavior, as opposed to sexual orientation, which pertains to sexual and romantic attraction) – such as likelihood of anal sex and having many sex partners – people who have experienced MSM even once are deferred from blood donations. The test that the Philippines is using for HIV in the blood is somewhat unreliable in that some samples with HIV might get a “negative for HIV” result, so that’s why they defer MSM to be safe. I think I’d be hard-pressed to argue that the current practice in the Philippines is done on the grounds of LGBT discrimination. We’re not using the more reliable HIV tests yet, and they also have blanket bans against tatoos, piercings, and any form of illegal drugs. I just hope the HIV test gets better so there wouldn’t be lifelong bans for people who experienced MSM.

But anyway, enough about that, I got to go donate blood. They stuck my arm with this huge needle, but it didn’t really hurt so bad. I got to donate this much blood!

This photo was taken by the med tech guy who was taking my blood. I wasn't allowed to get up yet so I asked him to do it. Dude was pretty cool about it.

This photo was taken by the med tech guy (shown here with his gray shoes) who was taking my blood. I wasn’t allowed to get up yet so I asked him to do it. Dude was pretty cool about doing it.

If I’m reading the weighing scale right, I donated around 547 grams of blood (minus the weight of the container). That’s like one and a half glasses, but it seriously didn’t feel so bad. You just get a tiny bit floozy and you might notice feeling a bit weak afterwards, but it really didn’t affect me that much. And they gave me some food afterwards. :D

Food! I become disproportionately happy when given free food, even if it's just noodles and biscuits. I munching like a happy panda on these.

Food! I become disproportionately happy when given free food, even if it’s just noodles and biscuits. I munching like a happy panda on these.

And when you’ve donated blood, you’re given a donor’s card, which you can present to the blood bank if you or your relatives need blood for free!

Mah blood card!

Mah blood card!

And that is why you guys should donate blood.

My arm swelled up a bit after the needle, so I just put ice on it. They put the ice in the latex gloves so it looks like I'm being patted on the arm by a disembodies hand. It's totally not as bad as it looks, I just put my handkerchief there so it wouldn't drip.

PS: My arm swelled up a bit after the needle, so I just put ice on it. They put the ice in the latex gloves so it looks like I’m being patted on the arm by a disembodied hand. It’s totally not as bad as it looks, I just put my handkerchief there so it wouldn’t drip.

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This post is brought to you by panicking about being late for songwriting

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Written by rubiscodisco

May 25, 2014 at 11:23 am

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