Thursday, July 30, 2009

I was finally able to give blood!

I am so happy! I was telling Geeky Entrepreneur that I feel like I am on a high! I absolutely love donating blood. I have been wanting to give blood for years and I was finally able to do it. It had been just over three years.

After dating someone with osteosarcoma (bone cancer) who received numerous blood transfusions, I decided being afraid of a needle was not an acceptable excuse for me. More than 10 people help save his life. How could I not do the same? How could I not pay it forward?

I was pregnant. Then, I was the mother of a little one, breastfeeding, sleep deprived, feeling I could not chance becoming anemic (which has happened in the past). Then, I tried but could not donate blood because I forgot my i.d. Lastly, I could not give blood because my pulse was too high. You have no idea how upset I was every time I tried and it did not work out!

Everything worked out today. I hope that the blood Geeky Entrepreneur and I donated goes to someone who really needs it.

If you have not donated blood, or if you have not done so in a while, please consider doing so. The actual process of giving blood only takes 8-10 minutes. Honestly, it is no worse than getting blood drawn for a test. You feel a pinch, that is it. After that, it is as if the needle is not even there.

Your blood could go to someone receiving chemo, someone who lost a lot of blood for some reason, someone who had major surgery, etc. The blood you donate can be divided into three components: red blood cells, platelets, and plasma. An hour of your time could help save three people’s lives. Let’s go give blood more often!

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  1. I know what you mean! I have been meaning to sign up for a drive's about time. I even have a little ID card from having donated in the past!

  2. Thank you very much for donating blood. The Boy receives regular transfusions, more so because of some of his hypertension treatments. Probably by the end of the summer, I'll be able to donate again.

  3. Agree with The Wife about this. I'm going to (finally) get up off my rear end and start to donate more regularly. My father was up around 20 gallons of blood donated over the last 40 years or so, and there's no excuse for me NOT to do it!