My Arm is Bleeding and I’m Hungry. But I Got a Free Shirt.

It’s harder to get free stuff, these days. It used to be you could go to some event and someone would hand out free shirts, but today you have to go through the trouble of giving blood.

I always try to give blood when the blood-mobile shows up on campus. It saves lives and I am impressed at the people I see there. I have never given blood without meeting people in line who are terrified of needles but have decided to overcome this in order to help. It would be easier for these people (mostly college students) to sit in their dorm room or hang out on campus, but they serve others by going through the excruciating process of facing a needle. It’s not bad for me, but when I see what some of the “needle-phobes” go through it causes me to admire them. (I’m always tempted to tell them that the needle is really really big and hurts a lot, but they are going through enough.)

This time around I learned that the person who draws blood is called a phlebologist, a term so obscure you can’t find it on Wikipedia. I didn’t know that.

  7 comments for “My Arm is Bleeding and I’m Hungry. But I Got a Free Shirt.

  1. March 26, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    At least the T-shirt fits you.

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  2. March 26, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    Good point, they only give out XL sizes. I don't know why.

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  3. Jared
    March 27, 2009 at 12:03 am

    I got a cap last time. It's khaki-colored and says “Blood Donor.” It is my intention to spice it up a bit with bloodstains.

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  4. March 27, 2009 at 2:50 am

    You can't find it on wikipedia because the correct term is “phlebotomist.”

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  5. March 27, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    It's cheaper. But that's okay. I just give mine to my dad.

    I've always felt the same way you do about people shoring up their courage to give in the face of their fears. It's beautiful.

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  6. James
    March 27, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    While I too admire the people who donate, you have to admit that the whole Blood Bank thing is scam. They guilt you into donating a product that ends up costing a patient well over $200.00 a bag.

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  7. Jared
    March 28, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    I guess they have to charge $200 to pay for all the free T-shirts, snacks, and phlebotomists. Not to insinuate that I do anything untoward with the phlebotomists. Like kidnapping them and forming them into a crack gas-siphoning team for when gas prices rise in the summer.

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