This morning, I went to the blood bank (Stichting Sanquin Bloedvoorziening). They tested my hemoglobin levels and they took four tubes of blood which they’re going to check for diseases and infections to see if I can be a blood donor. I have a donor card (if I die they can have everything) since 2003 and a while ago I asked for an information package from Sanquin for blood donation.
My pain threshold is fine – at least I think so – but I’m not a big fan of needles, so when the doctor asked if she should count down before the needle prick I told her please not to, because I tend to tense up when there’s counting down. Without warning, I don’t have time to anticipate and it’s fine. I give the same instructions to my dentist.
In four weeks or so, I’ll receive my first card for donation and I’ll discover if being a blood donor is my cup of tea. Speaking of which, to help overcome the dizzyness and/or nausea afterwards there’s free drinks and small snacks at the blood bank 🙂