Since 2006 I have been a blood donor. Yesterday I gave blood for the 15th time. Pretty good in 12 years, with one pregnancy, maternity leave and a hip operation, all where you are automatically quarantined. This time I went together with my husband, who’s been a donor just as long as I.
I give blood for two reasons, for my wellbeing and because I think it’s a civic duty, when you are a completely healthy person.
Even though I have the most common blood type, I have only once experienced that my blood was not required.
In my town we don’t have a hospital, so the mobile blood bank comes to us. I get an sms a few days before the blood bank arrives and I book my preferred time on their homepage. Very easy and convenient. In Denmark you don’t get paid for my blood, we get only get a chocolate bar and a small drink.
The next few days I need to be more aware of my blood sugar, otherwise I can become a bit dizzy and tired. Then, the energy level rises again, when my busy starts producing more blood. It gives me a boost, which is very nice. I also believe it keeps my blood pressure down, also a good thing when you are closer to 50 than 40.
All in all, a very satisfactory arrangement for the Danish NHS and me.