Thursday 17 December 2015

#BlogItForward - Giving Back

For the month of December, Wayfair UK are donating £50 to Habitat for Humanity, an organisation that helps the poorest and most vulnerable people lift themselves out of poverty by partnering with them to build their homes and communities, for every act of kindness they find from a blogger. All we have to do is write a blog post about something we have done to give back and they will donate. To me this was simple, I was going to do it.

I was racking my brain on things I could do and then it came to me, I was due to give blood on Monday 14th. I hadn't planned to write a post about it but I thought if it means that Wayfair UK will donate then why not.

So Monday just gone I got my mother in law over to watch the boys and popped on down to the town hall. I have never given blood before and I was a little nervous but knew it was all for a good cause. I had read the whole actually giving blood would only take 5-10 minutes so thought it would be over and done with in no time at all.

I arrived on my allotted time but had to wait about half an hour to be seen. I had been informed that they were very busy and were having to turn people away so it was a good thing I had booked. To be honest I didn't mind waiting, I didn't have the kids and could catch up on some social media.

I was then taken to the side behind some screens where they tested my blood to see if I was anaemic, thankfully I wasn't, and to go through my questionnaire to make sure they were ok for me to give blood.

They were very kind and made me feel at ease, I think they saw the nervousness on my face. The giving blood part was painless, apart from the tiny pin prick to begin with, and relatively quick.

Once finished I was taken over to a table full of drinks and snack. I was advised that as a first time blood giver I was to just stick to cold drinks but to eat as many mince pies and biscuits as I liked, which I did! They recommend you stay there for about 15 minute just to make sure your ok and after that time I was bursting for a wee. I got up to go and a kind gentleman told me to go careful and if I wasn't back in 2 minute he would get someone to come and see if I was ok.

After my toilet break I was then off, but not before booking in to give blood again next year.

I was feeling ok until about 20 minute of being home when I went a little light headed. Thankfully my mother in law was still there and she made me eat a cookie, there was no arguments from me, and made me a cup of tea with a sugar.

It has always been something that I have wanted to do but I have never had the guts to do it. After having the boys my pain threshold is higher and I am no longer scared of needles so now seemed a great time to go and do it.

I now nominate two fellow blogger to join in with #BlogItForward - Run Jump Scrap and Mrs Puddleducky.

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  1. Lovely idea. My dad gives blood and one of my early memories is going with him and watching it all happen and nicking all the biscuits after. I really should do it but am terrified of needles so need a bit of a push forward #picknmix

  2. That's very brave of you and well done for booking to do it all again next year. It must be a nice feeling to know that your blood will help someone in a medical emergency! From time to time I think it's something I should do, but I have regular blood tests for thyroid function and don't enjoy the needle at all, I don't really want any more punctures than is necessary :)

  3. Well done you! I have never given blood before, I hate needles. I think I am going to try and do it at least once though, after all I've gone through childbirth so surely I can cope with this?! I think what Wayfair are doing is amazing, I hope lots of people get involved.xx #pickNmix

  4. Well done for getting involved in such a great cause thanks for hosting #justanotherlinky

  5. Such a lovely idea. Well done for giving blood. You have just helped save a life at Christmas xx

  6. good on you! You should feel really good about yourself. It is something that people often don't think to do yet it saves lives, well done

  7. Well done indeed, I'm quite ashamed to say I've never givenblood. #justanotherlinky

  8. Good on you! Very brave to give blood! Well done! #justanotherlinky x

  9. Lovely post, well done on giving blood. I am shocked they were turning people away though when they are always saying how short they are of blood. Thanks for hosting #justanotherlinky

  10. Well done for both giving blood and then blogging it forward ��. My baby had numerous blood transfusions after he was born and I vowed then to 'pay back' the blood he was given and your post has reminded me that I still need to do that x #justanotherlinky

  11. My boy gives blood every few months and — amazingly — we found out he's got an incredibly rare blood type and an even rarer subtype which makes his blood even more valuable to people that desperately need it. Well done you for giving blood — I need to do it too!! I was ill the last time and they wouldn't have me!! :)

    1. Forgot to say — coming over from #MarvMondays xx

  12. This is such a great idea, I was so pleased to be picked for this. I need to start giving blood again in the new year.

  13. What a lovely idea this is! Well done on giving blood lovely, I keep meaning to, but always seem to end up with a cold or something that means they don;t want me to!

    Thanks for linking up to #PicknMix Have a brilliant Christmas and new year
    Stevie x

  14. The last time I tried to give blood my blood didn't come out fast enough so they had to stop. I must go again. I love this #MArvMondays

  15. Well done you, I've never given blood as I was on medication which meant I couldn't and have been anemic on and off since having Ava. Thanks for linking to #PickNMix hope you had a lovely Christmas x

  16. Giving blood is such a fantastic thing to do, and to have it contribute to another cause with the blog it forward campaign is even better. I was booked to give blood in December for the first time but then found out I was pregnant so had to cancel my appointment. I'm really hoping to be able to donate towards the end of next year as it really it such an amazing thing to be able to do. Thanks for sharing this on #MarvMondays. Emily



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