I try to give blood whenever I can. Since I am A negative I can also give double blood. There are many good reasons why you should be a blood donor, every two seconds someone in the United States needs blood and more than 41,000 blood donations are needed every day, according to the American Red Cross.
Here are 4 reasons to give blood.
People Need Blood Donations
Blood is essential for life; it carries oxygen and nutrients throughout the body, fights infections and helps heal wounds. When people are in accidents they often need blood. Blood transfusions save the lives of cardiac patients during surgery and premature babies come into the world often needing blood to survive. Your blood donation could save up to three lives.
It’s a Simple Process
Donating blood is a simple four-step process: registration, medical history and mini-physical, donation and refreshments (cookies!) The whole process takes no more than one hour and 15 minutes with the actual blood collection taking about 12 minutes.
You Get a Mini Check Up.
Before you are allowed to give blood you’ll have to complete a quick physical that measures your temperature, pulse, blood pressure and hemoglobin levels. After the blood is collected it’s sent off to a lab where it will undergo 13 different tests for infectious diseases, like HIV and West Nile virus. If anything comes back positive, you’ll be notified immediately. The physical and blood tests are no reason to skip your annual doctor visits but it gives you peace of mind.
You’ll Meet Some Amazing People.
Every time I give blood I am amazed at how nice everyone is, from the people that take down your vital information to those actually drawing the blood. They are all friendly and want to make the blood donation process as easy as possible. There are also volunteers who will serve you sandwiches afterwards and make sure that you feel well enough to drive home. It’s actually medically necessary to replenish your blood supply after a blood donation. You get to enjoy sandwiches, cookies and a drink before they let you go home.
If you’ve never given blood before there’s a first time for everything. As you sit in the donation chair, you realize how lucky you are to be healthy. Your heath is a gift you are bestowing on someone who needs some of your wonderful blood to survive.
If you don’t know how to find your local blood donation center don’t worry the American Red Cross can help you with that. There are usually blood donations going on all the time.