Hey, so I donated blood today for the first time. Now I’m probably one of the last people on the planet who should be donating blood since
A: Needles freak me out and I hate blood.
B: I’m technically not allowed to thanks to the FDA’s stupid ban on anyone who’s had gay sex within the last year (I know there's a lot of controversy about this rule and whether it's OK to lie about that. That's not what I'm intending for this thread to be about).
But thanks to one of my co-worker’s dad getting cancer and needing blood transfusions, he’s been getting everyone to donate and I just couldn’t say no.
So I donate, and I already mentioned that I hate needles. And yeah, I’m visibly uncomfortable during the process. I’m shaking, breathing heavily, and I was asked multiple times if I was OK (and no, free pretzels don’t ease me). If there’s any way to crush a squeeze ball too hard, I probably did it. So yeah, no point in saying “It’s not as bad as you think it is”. It is for me.
So it’s all over. My co-worker comes up, thanks me for donating, saying “It’s a great help”, and asks for me to help him out and donate again. I say yes since I’d feel way too guilty to say “No” (especially when my blood type is the type most desired). But thinking back on it, I just don’t think I can do it again. Though I have 16 weeks before I am eligible to donate again, so I have time. But I just don’t know how to backtrack and say “Sorry. Can’t help you out” without feeling guilty about it (or get rid of this fear and just do it again).