My name is Ebru Aydin. I’m 25 and live in Utrecht. In January 2016, I donated blood for the fourth time. In this plog (or photo blog), I want to show you how a blood donation works. Come and join me!
How did I become a blood donor?
My colleague was a blood donor and she told me that she donated blood. Wasn't it scary, with needles and everything? "No, it's really quick!" she said. Hmm, maybe I should consider doing it. So I went to find out about it: how does it work, and does their faith allow Muslims to donate blood? I found out that it's fine and that it's a way of helping others. A few weeks later, I registered with Sanquin online. After that, I was given a medical screening.
|I arrive at Sanquin. The Uithof is my nearest venue.|
|The ladies at reception help me. You get sent a card in advance. Within two weeks, you can go to give blood.|
|I'm given a red folder and go and sit in the waiting room. This folder contains a form with my details.|
|I answer the health questions on the form. Have I been ill recently or been on holiday abroad? These questions give an indication as to whether I can give blood at that moment.|
|I can go through to the examination room. The questions in the form are discussed. Then my Hb level (haemoglobin level) and blood pressure are measured. All good?|
|Yes, you can go through! :-)
Both my Hb level and blood pressure were good to be able to give blood today.
|I take my red folder and take a seat in the waiting area. I wait until it's my turn ….|
|So, it's my turn. I'm asked which side I want to give blood. It's my left arm!|
|I'm ready …|
|Within 7 minutes, I give half a litre of blood. This ball helps my blood to flow into the bag faster ;)|
|So, that's half a litre of blood that can go and help other people. That always gives you a good feeling afterwards. I read that 1 donation helps 5 patients. What takes little effort on my part can mean a great deal to someone else. This is my way of trying to help other people...|
|I can still laugh, so the donation wasn't that hard.|
|After the blood donation, you need to rest for a bit. In this area, you get something to eat and drink.|
|I take a moment for myself. I read the paper, have my chocolate milk and leave. See you next time!|