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this going to hurt?” Jessie asked.
promise I won’t feel a thing,” the phlebotomist made a joke. “Seriously, Miss
Jayne, it’s a small prick. Is this your first time donating blood?”
worry. It’s easy. I have to set up some equipment, but while I’m doing that
I’ll distract you with small talk. What do you do for a living?”
Here in town?”
I hope to be a lawyer when I graduate.”
you go to an ivy league school,” the nurse sighed. “Young, pretty, smart, and
rich. You hit the lottery.”
average, hard work, and a sports scholarship,” Jessie replied.
sport? Rowing or basketball?”
then? You look like a swimmer.”
Fighting with a sword. I hope to make the Olympics in 2028.”
wish you luck,” the nurse smiled. “You’re hooked up. The blood is flowing. It
should be ten to twenty minutes depending on how much you relax. If you feel
faint, let us know and we’ll stop the procedure and help you. You get juice and
cookies after this. Do you know your blood type?”
Jessie admitted. “That’s why the coach wanted us all to donate blood.”
coach wants you to know your blood type?”
fight with swords. They’re capped, but sometimes accidents happen. It’s best to
know your blood type just in case it’s needed.”
morbid, but you’re already a fifth of the way full and don’t look flush. Relax
dear, it’ll only take a few minutes.”
waited for fifteen minutes until the bag attached to a rocking mechanism under
her chair started to chime. She looked over and saw the bag full of red fluid,
and felt faint.
the phlebotomist eased her back into the seat by the shoulders. “Don’t bend
over like that while giving blood.”
feel a little woozy,” Jessie admitted.
leaned over to take a peek. That put your head on level with your heart and you
got the dizzies. Do you normally faint at the sight of blood?”
typing your blood now from the starter sample. That takes between ten and twenty
minutes, so you should know by the time you’re done here. I though you might
like to know sooner than the mail system gets it to you, just in case you run
into a sword.”
you,” Jessie smiled. “You mentioned juice and cookies?”
have to sit in the rest bay for ten minutes first.” Jessie waited in a lounging
chair, and then after a quarter hour was led to a small café-like lounge where
there was indeed juice and cookies. She started to munch on a chocolate chip
cookie when the nurse who took her blood came over and sat down beside her. The
woman put a small stack of pamphlets on the table.
got good news and bad news,” the nurse said.
news about donating blood?” Jessie asked.
on your point of view,” the phlebotomist smiled reassuringly. “You’re blood
type is AB negative. That’s as rare as it comes. Only one percent of the world
population has AB negative. That means we’d like you to come back as often as
possible to donate, but we’re not going to press the issue because the blood
affects so few people it’s not worth collecting in large quantities.”
that the good news?” Jessie asked.
The bad news is that you’ll need O negative if you ever get in an accident.
That’s the universal donor. Anybody can take O negative blood, especially in
your case where there isn’t likely to be a supply of AB negative, or perhaps
time to match.”
the good news is you won’t ask me to donate much and the bad news is I get
screwed if hurt because I’m only a match for one percent of the world
the seven percent O negative population. Basically, try to lead a charmed life
because only eight percent of the possible donors can save you. Quite frankly,
it wouldn’t be a problem if everyone who was eligible donated blood, but only
about four percent of people who could donate blood do donate blood. It’s a sad
state of affairs. You can go now, but please read this information,” she
pointed to the pile of pamphlets. “It will provide you with after-care
instructions and information about donations. Take it easy for the rest of the
day, and possibly tomorrow.”
got fencing practice tomorrow,” Jessie sighed. “Easy isn’t an option.”