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Old 07.08.2020, 10:35
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Donating blood

Do you donate blood? After 35 years, I spontaneously decided to donate blood again. I was shopping and saw the blood donating trailer outside the mall so, with some spare time on my hands, I went for it.

In these times of Corona, services offer fewer beds to allow more distance. However, the staff were truly helpful and generous. I walked in and they asked me about my history and if I had eaten or drunk anything in the past few hours. I said I hadn't so they immediately gave me my choice of drinks. Then I was given a form to fill out with a short consultation afterwards. Then they took a blood sample to measure my blood amount and finally they took my blood pressure. Everything was up to par.

After waiting a moment, I was guided to one of their beds and the procedure began. The nurses were attentative, friendly and supportive. Unfortunately, due to a rapid drop in blood pressure, we had to stop the process midway and concentrate on keeping me from fainting. They did a fantastic job and after 20 minutes, I was up on my feet again. Before leaving, everyone was asked to have a sandwich or pastry along with more drinks to prevent fatigue and dizziness.

I now know donating blood is sadly not a viable option for me BUT I implore all of you to donate blood if you don't do so already. Your gift of blood may help save lives and it also gives you a chance to talk to the nursing staff, have your blood checked and you even get a gift of either jam, chocolate or wine.

Please note you are not permitted to give blood if you've had a trip to England (between 1980–1996 for a total of 6 months) or a blood transfusion since 1980

For more info in English: https://www.iblutspende.ch//fileadmi...der_EN_web.pdf
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