I used to give - every 8 weeks like clockwork.
O neg, CMV neg - they loved my juice.
But I HATE needles. I can’t watch, have to think about other things, look at the wall, the clock, whatever.
But big fat, stable veins means I USUALLY had no trouble. But I got faint and woozy if they had to dig around, or if the moved the needle while it was inserted.
I registered to be a bone marrow donor, and at one point got past screening-level and on to “let’s see if you’re more than just an OK match.”
The plebo tech took me into a drawing room, sat me down, then proceed to pull out HANDFULS of VacuTainers. I’m sure I was getting pale, imagining the number of times the Big Fat Needle would be moved while she swapped those in and out.
Then she pulled out my new favorite blood draw toy: a butterfly IV needle!
She used the back of my hand to get a vein, taped that sucker down tight, and had a short length of tubing attached… THAT got the VacuTainer movement. Nice… slower, due to the bore of the butterfly, but speed was not an issue for this.
I was VERY happy.