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Self-Service Blood Donation---A Good Idea?

Last night I had an interesting dream. I went to the post office and noticed they had a self-service kiosk setup for donating blood. I missed my last blood drive, so I figured now was my chance. I sat down, pushed a couple of buttons and a blood bag appeared. Then, similar to those automatic coffee machines, it filled up with some type of red gel. I figured this was the preservative. It was very cool. I grabbed a donating kit, and the blood bag and walked over to a table to begin. I pulled out a tiny piece of paper with a few instructions. There wasn't any antiseptic, but I found a couple of wet-naps on the floor and used those to sterilize my arm. I felt so medical; it was great! The instructions then said to use a safety pin to poke a hole. There wasn't a safety pin in the kit, but there was a big yellow pencil. It looked like it had been sharpened by a beaver. It was the sharpest thing I could find, so I decided that it would have to do. I looked at my arm, found a vein, and shoved in the pencil. No blood came out, so I tried again. This time I shoved it as hard as I could. Again to no avail. So then I looked around for a worker for help. I found a woman and she told me to use a safety pin. After I told her I didn't have one, she shrugged and said she couldn't help me. At that point, I decided to give up and I left.

I woke up thinking about this dream and concluded that the self-service blood thing was a great idea! But to make it work, the kit needed to include one of those big siphon-like needles and some tubing.

Now that I am fully awake, and have ingested 11 oz. of bev, no wait, 12 oz., it doesn't seem like such a great idea.

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