Blood donations! Amanda’s third and my 111st!

Yesterday, my blood-sucking former student Amanda Tan made good her pledge to return some blood by making her THIRD blood donation! I’m really proud of my blood kaki as she used to be fearful of needles.

That fear is not completely erased but lurking somewhere, for a trainee nurse saw her smiling face and yet reassured her that a fully trained nurse would attend to her donation!

When Amanda’s blood started flowing, the machine beeped so the nurse returned to hold her arm at an appropriate angle. This prevented an interrupted flow and took her eight minutes this time to complete her donation. The nurse said this was fine.

Our haemoglobin levels had changed from our last visit, but still high enough – they were 14.4 g/dL and 16.4 g/dl on 22 Dec 2012. Yesterday our levels were 13.6g/dl and 15.7g/dl.

Meanwhile Ladybug cut her finger (again) and once again realised it was a dark red instead of Bandung pink! She must be at at 13g/dl and eligible to donate once her work clears up.

And we’re also waiting for Civetgirl to recover and be rested for her donation. More blood parties soon!

A lovely friend is in hospital, and has lost lots of blood. I’m grateful for the blood she has received from strangers. They have been my inspiration since young.

Amanda is just starting but young and enthusiastic. She is reminding me of Cheng Puay’s Sec 4 girls who started donating at sweet 16!

This was blood donation number 111 for me. I’m happy to keep at this as long as I can.

MEM Alumni & NSS present, “Our Heritage in Nature” (Sat 11 May 2013 @ NUS Alumni House)

The Master of Science (Environmental Management) (MEM) Alumni are organising a seminar with the Nature Society Singapore (NSS) and have put together a session wth NSS stalwart Leong Kwok Peng stalwart and myself.

I learnt that the moderator might be none other than ICCS Otter Ng Kai Scene. I have also told the organiser not to give me anything (except for a handshake, I suppose), so that we don’t generate waste. In fact I insisted as Coordinator of the International Coastal Cleanup.

The two talks that evening are by these two old fogies:

  • “From Railway Track to Green Corridor,” by Leong Kwok Peng.
  • “Our Natural Heritage in Singapore – Diversity, Impacts and Challenges,” by N. Sivasothi

The Rail Corridor story is a very interesting story and I am looking forward to hearing about it. all put together by Kwok Peng that morning. I will give an enthusiastic talk and seeing how MEM students will be present, I can push it beyond the usual.

Saturday, 11 May 2013: 9.00am – 12:30pm
@ The Auditorium, Shaw Foundation Alumni House
National University of Singapore,
11 Kent Ridge Drive, Singapore 119244

Fee: S$10 (public); S$5 (student)

Postere here and register here