I did it all for the cookie


Frequently, on campus at Microsoft, you can walk up to a building and find a Bloodmobile. The Puget Sound Blood Center regularly shows up in highly trafficked places to suck the blood right out of your veins (was that too gross?).


I’ve walked past these buses several times before. I no longer fear needles as much as I once did…allergy therapy helped me snap out of that. But giving blood sounded like something different and a little scary. Then the power outage happened. You arm chair psychologists out there can have a field day with this one. Once my power came back on, without knowing someone who was still out of power that I could help, this was my way of helping someone with something. The Bloodmobile was at our offices in Redmond Town Center so I popped in to see if I could donate. I told myself that if it was too horrible, I could do it just this once, but that a little pain wasn’t enough of an excuse not to. So I gave blood for the first time in December. And it wasn’t bad at all. And I got a little first-timer sticker that I wore for the rest of the day (only partly because if I passed out in public, I wanted the paramedic to be able to figure out why). My curiosity was solved, my fears calmed and I left the bus feeling pretty good. I helped someone and I got my cookie.


Today, I gave my second pint. The blood center e-mails you to let you know when you can donate again (I was cleared a couple days ago) and we have an internal website that tells you where on campus the bus is going to be and allows you to schedule an appointment. They couldn’t make it any easier. I’m going to try to visit the blood center at different buildings just for fun.


I thought about taking a picture of myself giving blood, but I think I already drew enough attention to myself when I burst into spontaneous laughter when the needle went in. I think that subconsciously, I knew that a sound was going to come out so my brain decided it was going to be laughter because “holy crap!” isn’t the kind of thing that sounds nice belted out at the top of your lungs in an enclosed space (seriously, it wasn’t any worse that having a blood test…the pain just lasts for a second). But I was brave enough to look at the bag as it was filling up. Maybe next time, I’ll let myself actually see the needle.


I celebrated with a trip to Target where I bought a whole bunch of stuff I didn’t need and I totally deserved it.

Comments (8)

  1. Jessica says:

    Congratulations and Well Done. It’s a nice thing to do and I even made a thing of it by always going with my Dad when the mobile unit was in town, it was our ‘thing’. My first donation was while still at school and was totally worth it just to see school mates working themselves up so much they were sick/pale/crying, though they get points for at least showing up.

    Actually that reminds me, it’s been a while.

  2. tod hilton says:

    Congrats! I passed my gallon mark a few donations ago…it’s a good feeling (as you demonstrated with your outburst of laughter). :)

  3. Tobie Fysh says:

    Well done on the blood giving. I just wish more work places would organise an on site donation area! Its not difficult. In the UK http://www.blood.co.uk is the place to go!

  4. HeatherLeigh says:

    Jessica – I used to do that whole crying thing before the needle. Good for you for starting so early in life! I admire that.

    tod – how many pints in a gallon? I look forward to hitting some of those volume landmarks.

    Tobie – I think it’s because the bloodmobile has success on campus. They take appointments and walk-ins. I will also admit that I was fascinated by the process and I imagine there are many other Microsofties that feel the same. It’s pretty cool.

  5. tod hilton says:

    There are 8 pints in a gallon.  In fact, the bloodmobile is here at Redwest today and I have an appt in 20 mins. Working towards my 2nd gallon now…

  6. HeatherLeigh says:

    I’m going to try to catch up…

  7. mrscrooge says:

    Hey thats great news, congratulations. Definitely a good thing to do. Also, when you hit the gallan (or is it 2 gallon?) mark, you get a lovely little pin :)

  8. HeatherLeigh says:

    Hmm, I’m sure I’ll find out when I get a little closer…that seems far away yet. My plan is to keep signing up every time they tell me I am eligible (I think they said every 54 days) and see how that goes. That would put me at the gallon mark early next year, I think.