Ever since college, I've always been one to donate my blood. Over the last couple of years, I've been going in and donating every couple of months. I'm SO lucky as the company I work for has a blood drive every 8 weeks, so I get to stay on campus and donate during the work day....VERY convenient.
Well, last year, I had a bad experience while donating and haven't donated since. No worries it was nothing life threatening, it just took me some courage to go donate again. It was ALL psychological!
Yesterday was my big day...The first time I'd donate in over a year! I was extremely nervous and got a little panicky while sitting at my desk. I was honestly contemplating running away! :) With my orange juice in hand I walked across the street and hoped for the best.
I walked in the door of the cafeteria and stated my name nervously to one of the nurses. She handed me the disclaimer and all of those wonderful questions you have to answer prior to the donation. Honestly, some of those questions crack me up! Then I was taken back to a cubicle where I was pricked, my temp was checked, and my blood pressure was taken. I honestly thought I wouldn't be able to donate as I was 100% sure my blood pressure would be sky high for as nervous as I was!
Then I was taken back to a nurse and she helped me climb up on the table. I told her my fears, and told her I was REALLY nervous. She was very sweet and told me that she'd make sure this time went a lot easier. I swear my heart was pumping right out of my chest I was so nervous. She calmed me down and then the process began. And guess what??
I survived!!! A little dizzy, but nothing orange juice and chocolate chip cookies can't fix!
So what happens to your blood after you donate it? According to GiveLife.org:
Typically, each donated unit of blood - referred to as whole blood - is separated into multiple components, such as red blood cells, plasma, platelets, and cryoprecipatitated AHF (antihemophilic factor). Each component can be transfused to different individuals with different needs. Therefore, each donation can be used to help save as many as three lives.
GiveLife.org is a very neat website that has a lot of information and FAQ's about blood donation. Check it out!!
Sign up with your local Red Cross or Blood Center! It only takes an hour, and you could help someone like Anna Claire who was born prematurely and could not produce blood on her own. She was in need of blood immediately or she would die. Thankfully blood was available and Anna Claire survived. Your blood could also help a mother during childbirth, a woman receive a heart, a 16 year old kid who was in a car accident, or a father with leukemia.
So stop sitting here and reading this blog post...go sign up to donate blood!!!