Haiku Poem – 血小板の献血

the blood donor’s bed
long glistening needle
grateful mothers

(Jim version)
ながい はり ぼし を たすける けんけつ び

(Michiko version)
ながい はり おびえ わすれて けんけつ び

For the past 10 years or so I have been giving blood platelets in a process called apheresis while I have been in Hawaii. In a regular blood donation all the blood is used and the donor can only donate every 8 weeks. In the process of apheresis, only a desired component of blood is taken, for example red blood cells, and the rest is injected back into the donor. A special machine separates the blood. An apheresis donor can donate every 2 weeks. I try to donate every two weeks but because of work or other factors I sometimes can’t donate every two weeks. Even though I have been doing it a long time there is always a little bit of trepidation about having a needle stuck in my arm but it is quickly forgotten sincer there is such little pain involved. The blood center that I do this at have requests from hospitals all over Hawaii for blood platelets and the blood center does their best to fulfill the requests but unfortunately they can not always meet the demand. The colleted blood components are used for pregnant women and babies so it is a nice feeling to know that I am able to help them through my donations.


Collaborative Haiku Poem
– Jim Woodhull
– Japanese by Jim Woodhull and Nakamura Michiko
– Photo by Jim

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