This is my arm after my first attempt at donating blood.

Room too cold, veins too small, needle enormous argargargg…

It’s pretty gross, the needle going in, but I had to look. Didn’t hurt, it was just stressful and uncomfortable. They didn’t end up taking much so won’t be able to use it. :( I’m to come back in summer when my veins are bigger.

At the Red Cross center, I learned that:

* The healthy haemoglobin level for an adult female is between 120 and 165.
* Stout beers like Guiness are rich in iron, so if you’re going to be an iron-conscious beer drinker, have stout.
* Pint and a steak is a good meal after donating blood; just make sure to have water as well.