Giving blood for Genetics in the UK is like trying to get blood out of a stone.
Both Mark and I got up at the crack of a sparrows fart to go and give blood this morning. We had bloods for Nevada and bloods for Alderhey to be taken.
We take our forms and explain to the nurses what was needed and you could see the tremblings of a panic attack rise from within.
How dare we present them with such non-routine, out of place problems on a Monday morning.
Because my love, that's what Monday mornings are all about.
We gives her the US medical forms and samples tubes - that was easy and straight foreward. She takes the blood without batting an eyelid. Remember these are going all the way to America this afternoon; 24 hour priorty mail. Easy!
But trying to give blood for a hospital less than 20 miles away - well, no way was that happening.
Basically Alderhey won't take our blood because we are not children. Alderhey is a children's hospital but come on - its the best paediatric hospital in the north with very sick children and this means adults have to be involved in the research they do there. And the genetics team at the afore mentioned children's hospital want our blood. Then if that wasn't a pain in the neck enough because we live in Wigan its just not easy to give blood for a Merseyside hospital (we are neighbouring counties - big effing deal). This is four times we have encountered problems trying to give blood since November 2007... not 2008. And its not easy even if you offer to drive the blood there yourself. Oh no. The thing with the NHS is that its just too departmentalised. Nobody talks to each other and nobody wants to either. Its as if you are your own problem and you have to work everything out in your life. It was me that decided Ellie had a heart problem when she was 7 but oh no, not according to the UK doctors. But then I got to the USA some 6 years later and oh yes, she does have one. You see what I mean?
So anyway we give blood for the American research facility and post it off today.
As for the UK bloods (or lack of it)?
They can shove it up their ****.
I feel much much better now. Camomile tea in hand, feet up then work as usual.
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