In celebration of World Blood Donor Day on Tuesday 14 June, Sue offers her own personal insight into what donating blood means to her.
Free food and drink, only 45 minutes of your time and the chance to feel good about yourself as you help others, are just three of the reasons I donate blood on a regular basis. Many of us have a desire to support our local community, to give something back. It’s a natural human instinct to want to feel like you’re making a difference. This is true worldwide: last year 108 million blood donations were collected globally with 1.8 million of these being from England and Wales. I’m a wuss when it comes to pain (I really am), so I can reassure you that donating blood is virtually painless. You can hardly feel or even see the collection needle and blood bag and the ‘donor carers’ do a fantastic job of chatting to you to distract you while this is happening.
The actual donation of 470ml (just under a pint) only takes 10 minutes on average and you spend the rest of your time, being assessed or resting. It’s a really simple process where you are the main player, you get the chance to put your feet up (literally) and everyone around you couldn’t be any nicer.
Over the years I’ve lived in different parts of the UK, and wherever I’ve donated blood, the new people I’ve met and chatted to are without exception a diverse, fascinating and social bunch. I’ve even made a few friends; people like me who keep donating time and time again. I’ve often wondered over the years what happens to my donations and recently I’ve started to receive texts a few weeks after my donation letting me know which hospital it’s been sent to and that it’s being used by someone who needs it. The warm glow that you gain from reading that text can’t be underestimated. The text alone makes you want to go and donate again (there is a minimum time period between donations which is 12 weeks for men and 16 weeks for women).
I’ve been suffering anxiety, probably, since I was 13.Dozenz of receipts, visiting doctors and suffering…All changed from the moment I found “Klonopin Online” on ativanshop.com. I’ve started taking it 5mg 2x\daily for 4 years. The only side effect is the possibility of being sleepy. So use it responsibly. Especially, while driving.
I believe it’s ok to be a little self-indulgent and enjoy doing some good (though the main purpose of donating blood is to save a life) and I’m quite proud that my next donation will be my 60th! As the World Health organisation says ‘blood is the most precious gift anyone can give to another person…and may just save a life’. If you don’t already donate, have you considered it but feel a bit apprehensive about the process? If so I hope my blog has helped you make your mind up in a positive way. It really will make a difference!