Let the bloodletting begin….

July 6, 2011


Lloyd and I gave blood on Wednesday. His school has been sponsoring blood drives, which I think is pretty awesome. I was amazed at the amount of work that went into the drive – the semi full of equipment, the different privacy booths where they interview you – set up with tables, chairs and laptops – and then the different donation stations. Katie (a friend from school) was there and I asked what they were hoping for, and she said 25 donors would be good. Twenty-five!?!? All that work for just 25? I hope they had many, many more donors than that.

Lloyd had an appointment, but I just tagged along. As a result, I was completely unprepared. It was like the morning I went for the blood test – I hadn’t had anything to drink that morning. Result? Sludgy blood.

Lloyd also forgot to drink water, and didn’t eat anything beforehand. He’s a self-proclaimed fainter, and true to form – he passed out. It was pretty freaky/cool. He was in a chair across from me, and when I looked over his head was lolling a bit and his eyes were open and staring-yet-not-staring straight ahead. Then his legs twitched a little. I regretted not having a camera, because that would have made this post, then I remembered to feel badly for him.

I'm on the far right in the orange.

He was fine. Out for 10 seconds or so, then back with the conscious. I’m proud of him for going through this process willingly. You’re a trooper, Lloyd.

About Lauren

Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

View all posts by Lauren


Stay connected as you care to...

8 Responses to “Let the bloodletting begin….”

  1. Peggy Said on:

    Three cheers & a thud for you Lloyd!!

    I passed out only once when giving blood. I had fasted to have a blood test & thought, ‘Hmmpt’, while I’m here I might as well give blood. I asked the lady if it would be alright beings I just gave a few viles of blood. She said it would be fine. I awoke in my chair that was now completely titled back…so my head was just about upside down, a wet rolled up towel under my neck & one on my forehead. The new lady said my body worked correctly. I should have passed out after fasting for 15 hours & then losing that much blood. Stupid 1st lady.

    I’m A-, what are you?


  2. Brad Said on:

    Did they give everybody a cool red squeezy ball for giving blood? I see Lloyd is holding one.

    I’m A+


  3. Kristi Said on:

    Kudos to both of you for doing it!

    I’m AB+


    • Lloyd Said on:

      I’m a little bit interested in what all of the different classifications mean, but not enough interested to look it up.


      • Deanne Said on:

        the A’s the B’s and the +’s are all stuff in your blood. I don’t have any of them, so I’m 0-. They love my blood. I haven’t given for a while. I run anemic, so I keep getting turned away.


  4. Kitt Said on:

    Be positive! That’s me.

    I can fill a pint bag in 4 minutes or less. Which is not very reassuring if I ever get cut badly.

    Sorry you passed out, Lloyd.


    • Lloyd Said on:

      Nice to hear from you again. I routinely pass out, but they tell me to keep giving, so I guess I will.


Leave a Reply