Give me a break. I mean really, what did you expect would happen when the harried nurse came at me with a needle, looking like she was thirty minutes past due for her cigarette break? I passed out. Of course, it wasn’t immediate. Several steps occurred before I reached that point, but it did happen. Of course before I passed out, I did get to eat a few of those delicious sugar wafers. That’s the one thing about giving blood I’ve always looked forward to. I never really thought about just buying them at the store and having them at home, but that’s about to change…now I’ve learned dipping them in chocolate magically transforms sugar wafers into Homemade Vegan Kit Kat Bars.
I used to be a regular in the line to donate blood. Until that one day. The one day with the harried, cigarette-deprived nurse. I was laying on a gurney queued up with a few other people prepped for donating blood. One nurse was taking care of us all and she was, at the time, working on the guy next to me. She tried once to get a vein and missed it. She tried again. Missed it again. I was watching the guy’s face as he grimaced in pain each time she jabbed at the tender area opposite his elbow. I frantically squeezed the ball in my hand extra hard to make a big, plump vein…and to relieve some of the nervous energy building up. When she missed the guy’s vein a third time, she called the head nurse to help.
That’s when the first nurse, the frazzled one with jittery handswho looked like she desparately wanted a cigarette, started heading toward me. With the head nurse working on the evasive vein guy, harried nurse was now on to her next victim — me! She grabbed a fresh needle kit and moved in for the kill. My eyes dilated; my heart raced. “Breathe,” I said to myself. Or I would have said that to myself had I thought of it. The guy on the gurney looked over my way. The senior nurse had been successful at inserting the needle and he now laid there seeping his life’s blood into a plastic bag strapped by his bed. He was looking to me for distraction; his eyes narrowed as he watched the harried nurse close in on me.
She had no problem getting the needle in my vein on the first try. I sighed with relief and looked over to my gurney mate. “See? It wasn’t that bad!” I said to him through smiling eyes. The look on his face changed my “life is rosy” moment. He had a look of horror on his face as he was staring at me and my arm and the nurse. My eyes moved in slow motion from his eyes toward my arm. The nurse had nailed getting my vein, but when she tried to secure the needle in place with a piece of tape, her jittery fingers accidentally pulled the needle out and blood was now everywhere. It did look a little like a horror scene. He told me later that blood was actually spurting out of my arm, but I think he was being dramatic.
The head nurse was called over and the needle was reinserted and it wasn’t long before my pint of blood was retrieved. I sat at the table eating my sugar wafers, feeling squeamish to say the least.
I took a few steps outside of the blood donation center, looked over and saw the frazzled nurse finally getting that cigarette break by the side of the building, and as I began to walk away, everything got bright. I don’t know what happened after that. There was something about a bell being rung, me laying on a gurney for an hour or two. All I remember is getting a few more of those sugar wafers.
I’ve tried giving blood after that, but every single time it takes me hours to recover. To be more specific, it takes me hours before I can even sit up, let alone step outside.
I will try giving blood again someday because I think it’s important. We need to give to our community; help those in need.
But for now I’m giving myself a break…and making these Homemade Vegan Kit Kat Bars. I consider it part of my recovery process.
Vegan Kit Kat Bars
- 1 cup dairy-free chocolate chips
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 package sugar wafers, vanilla or multi-flavored will work (check the label to make sure it’s free of dairy products)
- Tear off a piece of wax paper and place it over a cookie sheet.
- Place the chocolate chips in a microwave-safe container and stir in the coconut oil, making sure each of the chips are coated. Microwave for 22 seconds, then stir. Then microwave for 11 seconds and stir. Repeat until the chocolate is melted.
- Grab one of the sugar wafers and use a spoon to drizzle the chocolate over the cookie, until it is thoroughly coated. Place it on the waxed paper. Continue this process until you’re either out of chocolate, or cookies, or you have all the kit kat bars you need.
- Place the cookie sheet full of still wet chocolate covered kit kat bars in the fridge until the chocolate has hardened.
- Do your best not to eat them all at once.