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04 September 2013 @ 10:19 pm
What a bloody disaster  
It's funny because this is about a blood donation.

So, I went to give blood today, because I'm type O Negative and so the bloodustrial complex sucks on my veins like a chupacabra. I usually go to blood drives at work, since working at the AMA means that 1) we have work blood drives and 2) they don't care if you take time off to go to them, but the schedule of the donations and my cooldown period (so to speak) weren't meshing up, so I decided to go to the actual donation center and do it that way.

I should have walked out when I noticed they had Fox News playing on the TV, though I was happy when I heard the guy waiting with me mutter "That's bullshit" under his breath when the panel was blathering on about how if atheists don't like saying "under God," they can just go to one of those foreign and probably Communist countriesleave. Anyway, they took my info, set me up on the apheresis machine, and then let me go. My blood was a little sluggish, but everything was fine until it switched and started putting plasma back.

I'll skip the details, both because I don't know them and because both the people I mentioned it to tonight already cringed impressively when I did, but there was a burst of pain, and after some difficulties, they disconnected me halfway through, sent me home, and now my arm is all swollen. It's going down, and it doesn't hurt--anymore--but this is the first time it's ever happened, and the human brain's need to create connection between unrelated events immediately seized on Fox News as the culprit. I mean, the phlebotomist kept telling me she should have used the right arm, but I showed her both and she picked the left, and it's not like I've needed to express a preference between arms before.

Next time, I'll stick to donating at work.
Current Mood: uncomfortableuncomfortable
Current Music: X-Com: Terror From the Deep - Tactical Game (Aquatic)
q99q99 on September 5th, 2013 04:04 am (UTC)
Yea, you should avoid that stuff, it's bad for you!
marianlhmarianlh on September 5th, 2013 02:16 pm (UTC)
Hope you feel better soon!
Bendrydem on September 5th, 2013 04:47 pm (UTC)
it's obviously a conspiracy of evil phlebotomists.
Genamoonwych on September 5th, 2013 10:53 pm (UTC)
Ouch. Feel better soon.