Tornadoes, fires and terrorist attacks all deplete blood supplies; donate today!

With the recent tragic events in the US in mind, including the Boston Marathon bombing, the still mysterious Waco factory fire and the most recent Oklahoma City tornado, one thing that should be driven home is the need for blood. The terrible shrapnel wounds to the Boston victims, many of whom required amputations, illustrated the loss of blood and subsequent urgent need for donors.

I’ve been known to take cover, usually under a bed,  at the sight of a doctor with a pen in hand, especially if the nib is a fine point

I started donating blood a few years ago and have now done so nine times. I was always a little squeamish when it came to medical professionals poking and prodding my body. I’ve been known to take cover, usually under a bed,  at the sight of a doctor with a pen in hand, especially if the nib is a fine point. However I thought it was time for me to put aside my fears and do the right thing. For those of you concerned about pain I can assure you the only thing that hurts is pulling off the tape 12 hours later.


Here we are being welcomed to the clinic in both official Canadian languages.


I assume these two signs are not related. I understand UFC bouts can produce a fair bit of blood, but I think a few steps in the screening process are required.


Looks like I’m the first one here, great!

Those are the little desks where you fill out your information sheets; any medications, where you’ve traveled recently, and so on.


Once you’ve filled out your part of the form, you are taken into a small office-like set up and a nurse takes your blood pressure, your temperature and a small drop of blood from your fingertip to check your hemoglobin. If all is well, the nurse then asks you umpteen questions about your sexual relations and drug use. In fact before they do any of this they check your arms for any obvious signs of illegal drug use. The gadget above is the hemoglobin tester thingee.


Then they put you on a nice comfy chaise lounge and sterilize your arm with something known in the medical world as an arm sterilizer! And before you know it, pop and the needle is in – no pain, at worst a pinch – and you’re giving blood.

When it’s all over a nice volunteer lady or man walks you over to another set of comfy loungers and you sit there for five minutes. Then you’re free to go and stuff yourself with juices and cookies to replenish the loss of fluid. The whole thing took me 45 minutes, but the actual donating is about ten minutes.

Give it a try!!

DCS_Grad_2 DCMontreal – Deegan Charles Stubbs – is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DC on Twitter @DCMontreal and on Facebook, and add him on Google+

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