Please give blood. I am only here today boring you all witless thanks to the wonderful people who generously gave their time which is precious, but more valuable is that wonderful red stuff called blood. Had I not been a lucky recipient my children would have grown up without a mother.
I'd donated 56 units, then had an accident in the EEC, and needed just one unit transfusion there. I was so disappointed to learn that I wouldn't be allowed to give again , it was a part of my life and Tony Hancock never put me off ! These days we have comfortable chairs that move into a semi recline position, there's no giddiness, no pain, grateful and sympathetic staff, but you do gain a drink and snack afterwards , a sticker to show off to your colleagues and knowing that was a job well done.
Wow SandyPandy..56 Units..incredible..is this ban on giving blood for a short while or permanent? I needed 13 or 14 pints/units after I had a massive aph. In the seventies. I asked about donating after and was told I could not because of my veins collapsing? I thank you on behalf of all the people you have saved..😀
I breezed in to the van outside the Hop Exchange last week, all eager to give up my blood as I've not done so for years now, only to be met by the grumpiest, snottiest nurse. She haughtily told me I had to make an appointment and treated me like I was some kind of gatecrasher.
When did it all become such an exclusive club? I have a pretty scatterbrain lifestyle and I can't stick to a timeframe; it was much easier to just nip in when I was in the area.
No silver plate for me now :-(
That's so disappointing. If you were choosing a dentist then you wouldn't want to see them again if you were treated like that. I've always attended sessions in the City, often in Livery Companies' Halls, where we can lay back and admire the paintings and chandeliers. If you phone the central blood donor call centre then you'll be able to choose where and when you'd like to attend , it'll be more civilized.When you have that appointment booked then there's far more chance of you turning up ! Please don't be put off by one person who had probably just heard that her child was in trouble at school. Please make today the day that you pick up that phone and chat to a lovely person in Ireland, ( usually )who'll really exude a warm welcome.It's the most precious thing that you can do. Just think of Jan the Old One, she wouldn't have made it to be called old without donors to pull her through.Go for it !