So today I started Project 52: B+ (read as be positive). For those of you that don't know its just a way for me to spread positivity out onto others. I want people to know that someone out there does care for them.
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So today I donated blood. I wasn't originally planning on donating. I didn't have the time to sign myself up for a an appointment. However, today during work the director of the Red Cross was was running the blood drive stopped by and asked if anyone wanted to donate blood, even if they were a walk in.
I volunteered for two reasons:
1) I would be helping others - one pint of blood saves three lives
2) They needed to fill their goal/quota
They wanted to have a total of 30 donors for the day. When I agreed to donate blood they only needed 8 more donors. I wasn't nervous or anything. I had donated blood many times in the past. I was just thankful that I had gotten over my fear of needles a few years ago.
I was in good spirits when I went back to answer questions. I got a little nervous when the medical team told me that I would need an iron level of 12.5 or higher. I haven't been eating too well recently. I mean come on, I'm taking karate classes two times a week and I walk back and forth from campus every day, I felt like i could eat whatever I wanted really.
My iron levels came in at 13.0. I finished the rest of the questionnaire and began to give blood. The woman who was drawing my blood instructed me to turn my head away even though I wanted to see the needle go into my arm. I think they just suggest that now since a lot of people get lightheaded and pass out.
For the next few minutes I was just singing along to the songs on the radio and talking to the director. She's hilarious; all we talked about were shoes. She has a love of them. Much more than me and that is saying something. I mean I'm the type of person who names their boots. Not name names but I give them titles. That's a different story completely.
I felt proud of myself for donating. I honestly don't think many people do. Many more should. It only takes a few minutes and down the line you're helping someone else which is the best feeling in the world.
"Keep your face always toward the sunshine - and shadows will fall behind you." - Walt Whitman