Saturday, June 18, 2016

National Blood Donor Week

This past week June 12 - 18th has been National Blood Donor Week.
The aim of the week is to raise awareness about blood donation and encourage/remind people that blood donations are constantly needed.
I first gave blood earlier this year and couldn't believe how quick and easy it was. I left that appointment and went straight home to pencil my next appointment into my diary. When I arrived for that appointment I was asked to consider donating plasma as it was in desperate need at the time. Donating plasma is a longer process but I was more than happy to give it a go. Unfortunately my body did not agree with my mind and I only got 13% of the way through my donation when I started to overheat and became nauseous.
The staff at the blood donor centre at Canberra Hospital are the most amazing, kind, lovely, helpful people. They cooled me down, filled me with water and looked after me until I felt better.
Fast forward to this year, when I realised that it was time to head back for another donation. After the plasma incident I decided to stick to whole blood as there had been no issues with that the first time. Unfortunately, my body was not happy again. Luckily, I did manage to complete the donation this time before overheating and becoming nauseous.
Again, the staff were incredible, so positive, kind and caring.
I'm now in a position where I need to decide if it's worth trying again and when I will do that. Sometimes people can have a one off bad reaction, some people never react badly and some people it happens to regularly. At this point I'd like to think that I'll try at least one more time. Surely saving 3 lives is worth the risk of one more bout of nausea.
Anyway, the point of sharing my story is not to scare you off, but to remind people out there that there are so many different reasons why certain people can not donate blood. Because of that, we need anyone who is able to donate, to be giving as regularly as possible.
Never given blood? Not sure how you will react? Give it a go! What have you got to lose?
Be a hero and save 3 lives with just an hour of your time!

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