I'm now officially a first time doner. I gave blood today at around 4:00 today. They pinched my finger to test my blood I guess (which hurt). Then I laid on the bed and they stuck that needle in me. That hurt for about 5 seconds, and then the pain started dying off. It looks scarey to me to see how much blood they actually take. I had no idea it took that long either. Some friends had to get a picture of my facial expression when I was lying down because I looked pretty nervous. It was my first time after all, so I had good reason to feel nervous.
I'm glad I gave blood, but I can't say I liked it. My finger still hurts, and I don't feel like I have quite as much energy as I normally would. The best part about it is I possibly saved three lives today by donating my blood. It makes me feel a little less selfish and a little more giving like the "giver" I always claim I am to people.