When I got there. I saw Dug sitting on a table donating.
I signed in, and was handed a questionnaire to complete. The questions quickly got into the specifics such as:
- Have you ever spent more than 3 months in Tobago or Curacao?
- Did you receive injections of human growth hormone for short stature or human pituitary hormones for infertility between 1968 and 1999?
- Is it possible that any member of your family has suffered from any form of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease?
And then a bunch of questions about sexual activity etc..
After completing the form, I was asked to sit and wait for 30 minutes.
I was then pulled back into a room to get my finger pricked and some testing before the actual donation.
The first thing I was asked after being pulled into this room was :
- "Have you recently had a Cold?"
- "Yep" I replied.
- "How many days since your last cold symptom?".
- "Well, I still have a little Cold"
- "Oh, I'm sorry, you need to wait 7 days AFTER your most recent Cold symptom before donating blood"
Are you kidding me? Isn't that one of the first questions you should have asked me when I showed up? Isn't the common Cold a much more frequent occurrence than someone who spent 3 months in Tobago?
And then there is Sam who refused to donate blood because he didn't want to experience a decline in his hematocrit level. Had a big race on Saturday.
I'm not sure if I was more upset for being rejected or that fact that Sam didn't show up. A $10 bill would have bought some of Sam's blood and I would have walked outta there a much stronger cyclist.