I did it for the bikkies

I gave blood today and I’m feeling a little disconnected.

The latest requirement of the NZ Blood Service is that donors provide some form of ID. I’m not sure why this is. It seems like it’s to prevent someone giving blood in someone else’s name, but who would do that and why?

If someone who, say, had type O- blood, low iron, was HIV positive, and had hepatitis B found my donor card and tried to donate under my name, well, that stuff would get picked up in testing.

Or are there people who are really into giving blood so much that they attempt to give blood more than the recommended four times a year? Are there chocoholics who really really want their free orange cordial and chocolate bikkies?

I hadn’t brought any ID along with me, but showing my donor card and knowing my full name and date of birth was enough for them to allow me the privilege of having half a litre syphoned out of my arm.

Sometimes I wonder if it’s worth the hassle, then I remember that most of the process is just lying in a chair for about 10 minutes, which is a welcome break in my working day, and indeed there are people out there with blood disorders or accident victims who are experiencing greater hassles than moi.

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