So RD and I went to donate plasma today. RD does it regularly like twice a month, but I usually do it once a quarter. Anyway, both of us had booked ourselves in. And….
Started with my haemoglobin. Wasnt up to the usual high so tested twice. Two of my fingers poked and its HURTING!
Lady said lets take blood from vein which you donate so should be okay. Searched for vein for 2 mins didnt get, tried again, didnt get, tried again…got it. My vein is a bit of a shy person. Often hides under all the flab and fat in my arm😂
Lady takes another haemoglobin reading. Good this time. All good. RD is in the next chair.
He has donated 150 ml despite starting after me and I am stuck at 10. I am squeezing my stress ball and wondering why the reading isnt going up. Thrice I had the lady come and ask me if I am sore or okay. I say okay. I mean, as okay as one can be with a needle poked in one’s arm.
Then that machine starts beeping. Lady comes again. Looks at me and asks AGAIN – are you sore? I go errr noooo…..
RD is grinning and shaking his head and going what happened? no blood 🙄
Lady calls another lady. Both ladies are frowning and ask me again NO PAIN??? Now I am worried so I say ..maybe some pain…They go…where? I go…errr I dont know!
They start taking out my needle. I have donated only 40 ml. They say they cant take anymore since there is a problem with the way my body is not letting the saline or the RBC come back.
RD goes, take from the other hand🙈
The lady says you will have soreness and swelling. We cant take from you. The needle has moved and the saline is not going in.
She shoves a SIX HUNDRED ml water bottle in my hand and says drink this and I will let you down. I am on one of those chairs which you cant get off if they dont let you down. I say …but but…its a lot of water.
She says Drink now or no getting off…
I go…I cant please
She just walks away😱😱😱😱
RD is giving gyaan..you should have drunk water before you came yaada yaada
I ignore and try to shove water down.
The lady comes and checks…I feel like a 5yo really…Finish and I will let you down.
I finally finish.
She smiles and says good good…now sit for 30 mins before you leave.
You can come back and donate after 2 weeks but you will have soreness and pain in the arm. She gives me the right instructions, a cream to put around my arm and says drink LOTS of water! and finally lets me down!
I type this with sore arm and fingers. I did donate a tiny bit of plasma which the lady said will definitely be used.
Next time…I am going to offer my right arm😂