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Went for my 16 week oil change early this a.m.: a dual red donation at Blood Center of Wisconsin's donor center on Springdale. They sure can make a lot of changes there in 16 weeks!
The receptionist desk was still there, but she wasn't. The large waiting area was replaced by cubicles, and only two chairs in the hallway. The cubicles adjacent to the donation room where we used to procede to answer pre-donation questions have been replaced by office rooms with real walls and doors.
The dual red machine I was hooked up to seemed normal enough, at least that is, until the technician asked how the return flow was going. What return flow? And why do I have to pump my fist constantly when before it was just during outflow?
I'm on one of the new machines? I don't remember doing this 16 weeks ago. You got the machines a year ago? Still don't recall it. Fifteen questions later I discover one of the old machines still in use and, son of a gun, right where I sat last time!
It seemed to take longer than the old machine, but I was assured it was actually shorter.
No one was in the refreshment room after my donation, but the small sign stated "Lee" was the volunteer scheduled so I helped myself. Soft chocolate chip cookies warm from the oven. Yum!
I happened to know one of the other dual red donors in the room so I asked him if he was able to schedule his next appointment. (I couldn't schedule mine because it was into January and they don't plan that far in advance I guess.) Imagine my surprise when he answered that his next dual red appointment is in December! Why is my 16 weeks any different than anyone else's?
Of course the simple answer is everyone is only allowed to donate so many cells in a year's time, so if you're a regular donor there will be a correction once a year, but getting the answer when there's no receptionist? I suppose they could've mentioned it when telling me why they couldn't schedule my next appointment.
Don't get me wrong. Overall the donation went well enough and I was able to help a few people. It just seemed like today I had to ask more than the average amount of questions.