Donate blood

Donating blood is one of those small things I fail to do, even though it require a fairly small effort on my part, especially if I happen to bike through the hospital compound on my way somewhere. I often find excuses not to. For instance, I exercise a lot, and draining blood is not very good for performance. But really, I have no good excuse not to, because it only takes so long to recuperate afterwards (I am feeling just fine now, half an hour later, and I expect to be able to practice diving this evening). I entered the task to donate blood to my 101-in-1001 list to make sure that I actually did it.

Donating blood has several advantages, except that it helps people who badly need the blood. For instance, one receives a free health check a few times every year, since they analyse the blood for anything harmful before using it. At least here in town, they also give you biscuits, orange juice and a couple of minutes relaxation, along with a check that can be used to buy things certain things. I think these things taken together makes donating blood worthwhile, even if one only considers oneself. Naturally, I do not, so donating blood is awesome.

I should of course have made the goal more specific. What does it mean to donate blood? Is once enough? No, that seems more like something done on a whim, not intended to be a habit. Three times seems better, so after having donated blood at least three times (actually, it might be more, but I am certain it is not less), I consider this task done. It will be over a year till next time, but that cannot be helped.

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  1. Alva’s avatar

    Why a year…? You’re allowed to donate once every three months, and so thus you’ll have time to do another donation before leaving, right?

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  2. Olle Linge’s avatar

    No, unfortunately not. I donated blood 4th June, so 4th September would be the earliest possible for another donation. And, as you know, I leave on 2nd September!

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