My relationship with blood donation started when i was studying in TAR College. HKL or Blood Bank loves TAR College as i think the students believe giving blood was a noble act and they are hoping by doing more good deeds, they will be re-paid with good tidings.
When i was in TAR College, I have donated close to 20 odd times (last i counted and was given a cert for that), but despite that, i had to "re-sit" one year lah (because i failed my third year diploma). So, the "good deed = good tiding" doesn't really work here ;-)
Anyway, back then, the form for blood donation was much simpler. Perhaps back then, when i was younger (and slightly brainwashed to be Pro-Government), i overlooked certain things; like WHY IN THE WORLD WOULD THEY WANT TO KNOW WHAT RACE YOU ARE WHEN YOU DONATE BLOOD!?
This also make me wonder if by ticking it as certain race, my blood will be selectively given to only that race? Is my blood more inferior than the others?
I also feel the pain when the needle goes in.Anyway, if you still have not given blood to save your fellow countrymen's (and women) life, consider to start it soon. I also recommend that you donate only at KL Bloodbank because that is the only place that will not SELL your blood. I was made to understand that private hospital SELL the blood they collected (unless some of you can tell all of us this is not true). I have blood account with both HKL and UH.
Talk about milking you dry with 0.5inch of needle
Anyway, since i left TAR College, I've been a regular until about three years ago to donate Plasma. I can donate plasma once every two weeks and i did it once a month back then. To date, i believe i have charted in at least 30 times of donation, i am not sure about the figure as i did not keep score. I only remember i had needle marks on the crease of my hand like a drug-junkie back then.
I know how precious blood is and now that i felt good with my newly found blood-iron level, i believe this is a call to give back to and be grateful for my return of good condition.
With Hng, my colleague. The pics above is him being poked.
So, if you chance upon a call to donate blood, don't fret, the whole process won't take more than 15minutes (45 if you donate plasma) and it is painless. You will feel more pain when they lancet your fingers to find your blood group and when they apply anaesthetic via a smaller needle.
And as for the race portion, you can fill it up like how i did below.
Unite my fellow Malaysians!