As so of you may know already, or not, Melissa has been diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia (CML). She’s OK though, don’t you worry, shes a wee trooper and is still trying to live – just not full speed.
But because of Melissa being diagnosed with CML – she was told that she may need a blood transfusion. Which she did in the end. But because she was needing this I was wanting to give blood, originally before she was having her blood transfusion, but we didn’t know when she was having it, it happened in a space of a few days. I was also on a time limit as I am booked in for a tattoo on at the end of the month, you can’t give blood for 4 months after having a tattoo.
So in a last moment rush – I tried to organize going to give blood with a few people, also Melissa wanted to come with us – she is after all our biggest fans.
So I spent 2 different mornings on the phone to the Scottish blood bank trying to organize to go. Eryn our Junior came along and so did our lovely client Nicole. Oh and Elliot came along with us too – our official Macs baby.
So even though I have a lot of tattoos, I am utterly terrified of needles – especially the big one they were about to stab in my arm D:
I know I am a tad dramatic. But I seriously can’t cope with needles.
So once the needle was in I actually couldn’t stop looking at the needle in my arm. The nurses in the centre were so lovely and all put me at rest that its ok and I was being a wally about the needle. I was told that I had interesting veins and they hadn’t seen anyone like me for a long time.
Once the needle was out I went really light headed and sicky – so they had to tip me upside down. The chairs were so comfy. I just closed my eyes and thought about what I had just done. My blood could save someones life.
Nicole has a problem with them trying to get her blood to come out of her veins and Eryn also had the same problem. But they both managed to also give blood.
So if you can you should go give blood whenever you can. You never know when you might be saving someones life – or helping someone like Melissa who needed the blood transfusion to make her feel better.
Here is some photos from the day