Thursday, October 16, 2008

Please Donate Your Blood

By now, you are probably used to it. Every three to four months, an article like this appears here.

This is what was left on my right arm - a small puncture - as a memento for donating blood today. At little cost to you - there is very little pain, and you body makes up for the lost blood soon enough - you can help someone in need, perhaps even save his or her life. Why not?

The whole process takes only about half an hour. First you fill out a questionnaire. Then they prick your finger to draw a drop of blood, to test whether your blood coagulates nicely. Then they stick a needle about 1 millimeter thick into a vein on your arm, to draw 500 cubic centimeter of blood (which actually takes only about 5 minutes). Then you rest for 10 minutes, have a cup of tea, and you can go. You will certainly feel good about it for quite a while afterwards, and you can show off your wound (actually they give you a small band-aid to cover it) to your friends and loved ones.

If you wish to donate, you may wish to consider the Blood Donation Center in Central, on Devoux Road. It is never crowded, so you don’t have to wait. In contrast, you may have to wait for an hour before you get to donate at the center in Mongkok because it is so crowded. The center in Shatin is another good choice.

Please do consider it, if you have not done so already.


Anonymous said...

i kind of forgot to, this summer. and they won't let me here. =(


StephenC said...

Did they refuse you because you have not been living in the US long enough?