Jul. 17th, 2009 04:44 pm
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[personal profile] rockstarjoker
Ok, so ever sincd I've been reading [personal profile] delia 's blog, I've been really into the idea of donating blood. 

I'm not squeemish about blood, and really, would love to be a phlebotomist [but I heard they don't really make alot of money around here, and i'm already in school ATM so I can't do it :( ]  so I figured I should really be at least donating, right?

So a couple of weeks ago, I did a little of the leg work of looking up where I could get it drawn.  I've donated before, but it was when I was at school, so I didn't really know how to do it other than just show up.

My coworker, who I found out is really into donating, was trying to get my boss to donate.  And she said she couldn't because she had a tattoo.  And the nosy person I am interjected "That's not true!  I have tattoos, and they let me donate!"  so, in anycase, I work at a college, and he told me there was a donation van today, so we signed up, and walked over, and he was low on iron, but I was ok (I was sooo scared waiting, because normally, I'm low on iron)  so I got to give blood. 

Which makes me happy.  And hyper.  Really super hyper!

La la la la.  That is all.  :D

on 2009-07-18 02:39 am (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] ex_noa372
I have never given blood either, but that's because I haven't been in a position where people were asking (that I remember). I think I'll make that a goal, though. =] It sounds like you had a nice positive experience!

BTW: What tattoos do you have?

on 2009-07-18 07:01 am (UTC)
Posted by [personal profile] delia
You can totally donate if you've got tattoos! Most places have a waiting period after you get them done (Biolife is 6 months, Biotest is a year, most Chicago donation centers are 3 months), but you're fine to donate afterwards.

Phlebotomists are pretty low on the totem pole when it comes to pay. I made $10.67 an hour when I started; if I'd gotten my certification I'd have been bumped up to $11.34 (oddly enough, what I was paid to be a parking cashier for the uni). This was in a private hospital. At plasma centers, the pay starts at about $11.50 for untrained new phlebs. It's not the best pay, but it's not minimum wage. I lived off it fairly comfortably for a while.

I'm glad your donation went well! Did they give you cookies and lemonade after? I hear that's what they do for blood.

on 2009-07-25 08:37 pm (UTC)
Posted by [personal profile] porcelainocean
aw I would have loved to have donated, but every time I try I'm either too light (who knew you had to be over 100 lbs? stupid high school), I had been to a third world country (Costa Rica? makes no sense), came from Canada (had to wait a year), got piercings and tattoos, had a nasty drug interaction, urgh, I've never been able to :(

I'm so jealous!


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