Hey everybody, just providing you with a short distraction from the gymmery.
On October 31 I will be donating blood. It's the first time I will have ever done it and, depending on how I go, it may not be the only time.
I'm a person who is deathly afraid of and anxious about getting injections, but when I was stopped by a Red Cross volunteer in the street the other day asking for my details, I figured I couldn't put it off any longer. I was nervous when they called last week and asked to confirm a date for my donation and I thought "well, if I put it off for too long, I probably won't even show up out of nervousness, so it's better to make it sooner rather than later". I've picked the 31st (inadvertantly keeping with the Halloween theme and the whole "ooooh something's gonna come and take your bloooood" thing).
I encourage anybody over the age of 16 who is of good health and who wants to do something to better the lives of others to consider donating blood. Several of my friends have done it and made it through fine, and my mother is a nurse who deals daily with people desperately needing blood transfusions and the like. I'm surprised I didn't have the cojones to do it sooner.
You can find out more from the Australian Red Cross Blood Service here.