DEx photojourno JoJo Newby after donating blood. Photo JoJo Newby / The Daily Examiner
DEx photojourno JoJo Newby after donating blood. Photo JoJo Newby / The Daily Examiner Jojo Newby

The fear pales as I realise I’ll be OK

I HAD the usual nerves as we walked into the blood service. One part of my brain was convinced I was going to die; and the slightly more rational side was telling me to stop being such a sook.

All was good once we got inside; the nurses were fantastic.

Workmate Kel Price donated with me. We were racing to see who could fill their blood bag first. I won.

My downfall came when it was time to go; after I had a slight dizzy spell, the nurses made sure I lay down for a while. I felt good again, so I wandered into the tea room, where they give you wonderful snacks.

I knew there were only three women in the room; I'd passed them on my way and could only hear three voices.

The problem was, I was seeing six blurry figures in front of me.

A nurse laid me on the couch, legs propped, washers on my face. With the help of a chocolate muffin, I came good.

The craziest thing is in three months I'll be back and donating; because while I may have felt sick for a few hours, I'd hate to be in the situation where I needed someone's blood and they were too much of a chicken to donate, simply because they felt light-headed after.



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