I donated blood to the Red Cross today. They could not find the usual veins on either one of my hands first. This had happened to me once before in Canada too. I guess my veins are just not large enough. I need to start lifting weights to make up for this.
They finally found a tiny vein and poked me. It took a good 2 minutes of fiddling before the vein gave way to the needle. Even then the flow was on/off and was rather slow. The nurse/doctor had to hold the needle in place the entire time. When we were done about 75%, the bloodflow suddenly stopped, so he had to poke me some more, fiddle with it and remove the clots. It hurt. In the end, I was happy that my blood wasn't going to be wasted.
Total time: 19:24
Quite an experience. Thought I would share.