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Students experience the effects of donating blood

Senior Danny Peercy gets his blood drawn.

Isabel Contreras

Senior Danny Peercy gets his blood drawn.

Isabel Contreras, Contributing Writer

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Student Council hosted its second blood drive of the year in the auditorium Tuesday, where they saw many first-time donors.

In order to donate blood, students had to be 17 years old or 16 with parents’ permission.

“Although I couldn’t donate blood last year because I was 15, I donated this year because I had blood to spare and people need it,” sophomore Samantha Towell said.

Nurses often warn students of the effects they may have after donating blood, like nausea, lightheadedness and fainting, all of which Towell experienced after donating.

“I felt fine afterwards, but I got dizzy in third hour,” Towell said.

Towell noticed she wasn’t feeling well and went back to the auditorium, fainting as she walked in.

“I felt very light-headed. I was walking to class when my vision started distorting,” Towell said. “The donor room was on my way to fourth hour so I walked in and everything went dark.”

Nurses helped Towell as she fell toward the ground and put her feet on a chair to get the blood flowing through her body and later gave her a snack to regain her strength.

“I felt very weak, but I was good to go,” Towell said.

Another first time donor was junior Tayah Allen and the nervousness hit her as she saw what the nurse was about to do.

 

Nurses had to distract Allen while they punctured her arm with the needle.

“I’m terrified of needles, but I’m only doing it to save someone’s life,” Allen said.  

Like Towell, Allen felt sick after donating blood, but did not faint. Instead, nausea took over.

“I had to lay down because I was on the verge of throwing up,” Allen said.

Allen’s experience was not one she wanted to remember, especially when they couldn’t locate the vein in her arm.

“The first time was fine. It just burned,” Allen said. “The second time hurt very much.”

Many people donated blood for the first time, but for senior Danny Peercy this was anything but a first time experience.

“This hasn’t been my first time donating blood. I’ve donated blood two or three times now,” Peercy said.

Peercy didn’t experience any side effects after drawing blood, even with having soccer playoffs later that day.

More people participated in this blood drive than the one earlier in the year, with a turnout of 43 people donating anywhere from one pint to a pint and a half. Each pint is able to save a total of three people. In total, at least 129 lives were saved.

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