Even before my daughter turned 16, she had asked if she could donate blood. In Western Australia, you need to be 16 before you can donate, and you need parental consent. As her 16th birthday approached, Ashlea raised the topic again, and I was more than happy to make the appointment and sign the parental consent.
We rocked up to our closest blood donor centre and filled out the forms. Because it had been over a year since I donated, I had to fill in all the forms like a brand new donor. Heart problems? Epilepsy? Male intercourse? Used needles? Had a piercing? Tattoo? Acupuncture?
And then there were the travel questions. Have you travelled outside Australia in the last 3 years ....? What country ...? When did you come back ...? OMG. I was unprepared for this one!
It only seemed like a moment before my bag of blood was full - and then the nurses joked about whether Ash would beat me in terms of time - which she did easily!
Ashlea (above left) 10 years ago