Not that kind of pint! I’m talking about a pint of blood. Blood donation is a quick and easy way to give back to your community and help save others. Did you know that your one donation could save 3-4 lives? Amazing, huh?
I donated today; did you? This is something that I like to do but don’t do nearly as much as I should. The last time I donated was May 2012, and I wanted to make sure I got it in before the end of the year. LifeShare was set up at the gym, so I headed over to make a donation.
When I got there, I was a little disheartened to hear that I was only the fourth or fifth person to come in since 3:00 pm. It was nearly 7:00 pm. The only plus was being able to fill out the paperwork and get through the screening with lightening speed.
After a quick iron check, I was cleared for donation. They checked my veins and decided on the left arm. A quick poke later, the blood was flowing. And let me tell you, this was one of the best needle poking endeavors that I have encountered since I started donating. Thank you for making this as painless as possible (and for not digging around in my arm to get the vein…much appreciated :-))
Well, it was flowing for a little while at least. With me, it is hit or miss as to whether or not I will be a good bleeder. Unfortunately, today was not one of those days. The poor phlebotomist had to hold the needle, and I took almost the entire twenty minutes to fill the bag. The bright side – I was able to give a full donation, which made me very happy.
Also, while I was bleeding, I also learned that LifeShare has a yearly Loyal For Life program that recognizes dedicated donors and provides them with a little thank-you for repeat donations. If you needed more of a push to donate regularly, this is it.
I grabbed my snacks and water, and thanked the ladies on the bus for a great job. And they really were great – very helpful, professional, and friendly. Great job, LifeShare ladies! I know the blood drive didn’t yield as many donors as it could have, but I know those few donations can help make a difference. Keep up the great work, and I’ll see you again in 2013.
For more info on donation guidelines for whole blood, platelets or plasma, or double red cell donations, visit http://www.lifeshare.cc/content.aspx?ID=14.
Do you donate? Why or why not?