Do your remember those stickers they used to give you? Be nice to me I gave blood today.
Well thats exactly what I did. This has been a cause that has always been near and dear to me, but after last week it is even more so. On the Friday before Memorial Day I was walking back from the caffeteria at one of the “adult” hospitals and glanced at a sign on the wall. It states that 95% of the population will need a blood transfusion at some point in their life. I didn’t think much of it at the time, after all I am only 33, Jacob is 31 who thinks of things like that at our ages? Yet a week ago yesterday there we were watching as a pint that someone took the time out to donate went back in.
I had set up this appointment a few weeks ago, thinking I would still be on the ring, so that there wouldn’t be a problem…but with the early arrival of AF I was kind of worried that I may not be able to donate today. After all I am on CD 3, and there was a great chance that my own iron might be low, but I got lucky. I also had an over zealous nurse doing my physical. My iron, though it dropped “hung” at first so she decided to do an H/H slide. I am perfect at 13.4 It was then that I realized what a service blood donors really do, but that you don’t think about. Jake was at 10 when he went into the hospital, and was at an 8.2 when they transfused. Here I am a woman on a cycle and my H/H was 13.4 Thank God for the people who take the time to donate.
If you are able–Over 110 lbs, have no active infections, not pregnant, not on antibiotics, please take the time today to find a blood bank near you. Set up an appointment. It only takes about an hour of your time. Me, I was here at 7, and at my desk by 7:45. It doesn’t hurt, and you will feel fine afterwards. Remember, 95% of the population will need blood and while we are young you never know when it could be you or a loved one. The country is in desperate need for volunteers, and you could become one.
Please take the time to donate a pint. Then when you are eligible again in 8 weeks do it again, and remember if you are O+, and have already donated you may have been the person who saved my husbands life, and if you are AB+ and are in need, I may be the one to save yours. So remember, be nice to me, I gave blood today.