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[Life] Donating Blood

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So today, I decided to go donate blood for the first time. Getty Images was hosting a blood drive (their world HQ is near my house), and I went by after lunch. Partly I went because, with family health stuff so much on my mind, I felt it was important to help out. And partly because it gave an excuse to go wander over towards Getty.

Amusingly, since I had my camera with me at lunch (to make another attempt at the 'Red Wall' picture in better lighting), I got mistaken for a Getty person several times (including having one person try to discuss an assignment!). Ended up feeling pretty woozy by the time I got home, though... bleh.

Now BOTH my arms hurt... the right shoulder, and then the left elbow is a big bruise where they took blood. Haha. (My shoulder gets looked at on Monday, thankfully.) But after work, I wandered a bit and took a few more photographs... I guess talking to Getty folks inspired me, or something.


I wanted to give blood once. That was a big thing for me because I will go out of my way to not be perforated, but I felt the need to go out and do something good like that.

Turns out that the donation needle is quite literally larger than any of my veins; I am incapable of giving blood. Imagine that: thwarted in my attempt at altruism by an inconvenient fact of biology. Hmph, and double-hmph.

But I'm glad other people can give blood.