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Don't be afraid to give blood this Friday

As many Foothill students know, BloodSource will be hosting a drive this upcoming Friday, the 28th. While everyone can do what they please, I for one would like to encourage people to give their donations. Just a little bit of time and a pint of blood can do so much.

So, what is the main thing holding people back?

It could be that they don't want to leave any of their classes to get it done, or that they've been sick or on certain treatments or antibiotics. However, I think that the most common reason is Aichmophobia, the fear of needles and sharp objects.

Zak Hentzy gives blood at last year's blood drive
Zak Hentzy gives blood at last year's blood drive. EQUI archive photo by Charis Abrams.

Many people can relate to the nervous, panicked feeling one gets before they have to get a flu shot or some other vaccine. Although the needle may look intimidating, blood withdrawal only feels like a pinch, and nothing is being injected into the bloodstream to cause any kind of stinging or burning sensation. This gets rid of much of the pain factor associated with needles.

"I've always been scared of needles and anything to do with blood, but I'm going to donate on Friday anyway. It'll be going to a good cause, plus it'll help me get rid of my fear," says junior Taylor Marshall, who is planning to donate blood for the first time this year.

After effects is also something that some students are concerned about. As listed on the parent consent form, donors rarely feel tenderness or even dizziness after making a donation, so there isn't much to fear about after effects. As long as you eat a good meal before and after making your donation, you should be just fine.

If you are one of those people who are on the fence about donating, I'd like to say go for it! It's not too late to sign up, Blood Source is still accepting parent consent forms. You can get yours at lunch near the student store. A light pinch on the arm is only a small obstacle when you think about how important your donation is to someone in need. Once you donate, you'll definitely feel good for doing your part.



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