Last night, I had scheduled an appointment to donate blood at my school’s blood drive. I always look forward to donating blood because I feel like it’s a simple thing I can do to give back and help others. It’s also relatively simple and I can have a special treat (like chips!) afterwards that I normally wouldn’t buy.
I also had planned on making some pumpkin turkey chili afterwards because you’re supposed to eat a hearty meals after and I figured this would be a good replenishment for my body.
While I was waiting for my screening, one of the volunteers was asking two guys sitting in front of me if they wanted to do a double red cell donation. I’m an O+ blood type which is what they were looking for and I quickly looked at a poster with the rest of the requirements. I met them so I volunteered myself for a double red donation.
Basically what happens is that a machine draws out the blood and separates the red blood cells from the plasma/platelets/white bloods cells which are then replaced into the boy. Here’s more information from the Red Cross.
This was my first time doing a double donation (not a regular donation) and I actually really enjoyed the process. I definitely got some chills when the blood reentered my body but other than that felt fine.
I got home and quickly browned some turkey, peppers, and onions in a pot on the stove. Once cooked, I added a can of tomatoes, about a cup of pumpkin, pinto beans, green chilies, oregano, a dash of cinnamon, and red pepper flakes. I let this simmer for about 30 minutes, then dished it out and topped with some sweet potato tortilla chips. A delicious and hearty meal to treat myself too.
The rest of my night was spent snacking and watching Modern Family and Nashville before getting some much needed zzzz’s.
A little bit of tiredness is worth the donation though!
Have a great day!