Giving Blood for the first time

Over 3 months ago I signed up to donate blood because I saw several Twitter ads asking for O Negative blood which is me! The day finally arrived and I have not long got back from the donating centre. I have been nervous about donating blood for a while as I am ridiculously squeamish so I have always been put off but today I was ready and drank endless glasses of vimto so nothing went wrong.

I waited and I waited until I was called. The questions were asked, my finger was pricked and I was seated ready to go until…my veins decided to ruin everything. Two nurses had to attempt to bring my veins to the surface but they just couldn’t be bothered to show their blueness.

The feeling of guilt took over. I was constantly apologising to the nurses who look liked they needed a break because time was ticking and the waiting area didn’t seem to decrease in numbers. I felt like I had let a lot of people down that are currently lying in hospital needing a blood transfusion.

So my first experience was unfortunately a negative one because my veins in both arms aren’t visible enough. I have booked again though for three months time so I will be giving my veins a good talking to.

Thank you to all of the staff at the donating centre today, you’re all amazing doing what you’re doing! If you’d like to give blood please visit Blood and get signed up today, you won’t regret it.

The dangers of Asthma

I have had Asthma for aslong as I can remember, I was diagnosed as a child with it and didn’t fully understand the seriousness of the condition. I struggled through school with my Asthma and often hated doing P.E as I was scared something would happen to me.

It is important to go to the doctors with any symptoms you may have. I recently went to a walk in centre due to pains in my chest and needing my inhaler, I thought it was Asthma related because it was uncomfortable to breath. After an examination it was a sprained rib muscle but I felt so silly for going and wasting the doctors time. They told me not to be silly, Asthma is serious and if something is different then get it checked out!

Having  Asthma can be a full-time job in itself. You have to take medication everyday, you have to be careful with what you eat or drink and what activities you do. For me my Asthma is fairly mild but previously I have been in hospital due to a big Asthma attack – one of the scariest moments in my life.

I am not sure if people take  Asthma seriously but knowing that an attack could kill me absolutely horrifies me. Smoking is something I cannot stand and something I will never take up. My opinions are quite strong on this subject but when I’m left on my own and have no choice but to go into the smoking area, it is not fun for me. I can be fine there and then but the next morning I am coughing, my chest hurts and I need my inhaler more than usual. It is difficult to make people understand that smoking and Asthma do not gel and I am not being dramatic when I say I don’t want to go with you.

There are two reasons I do not go out for Bonfire Night, the first one being I hate fireworks, they are too loud for me and hurt my ears! The second is the smoke in the air from the fire and fireworks. Smoke fills the air and you breathe in and there it is, a wheezy chest. I commented the other day without sounding like a mardy moo with how I was struggling with my breathing from just stepping outside for 30 seconds. Bonfire Fire night doesn’t just affect pets, it also affects humans.

Now it is winter, I am really struggling in the mornings to breathe as my room is extremely stuffy because of my radiator being on. I love winter but it really affects my chest and I avoid doing big activities during the season – so I’m not being lazy by the way before you pre-judge.

Just a note, please be aware of those that do have Asthma and take into consideration that anything can trigger breathing difficulties. It may seem daft but me having orange squash a little too strong makes my chest wheeze. Anything can happen so be careful!

For more information about triggers and how to deal with Asthma, please use this link to be directed to the official Asthma website:

www.asthma.org.uk