Give the Gift of Life... Donate Blood

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by Kay Clanton Goggans on Jan 16, 2014

For many years when I was younger, I was a blood donor for the Red Cross. The thought that I could possibly save lives by such a simple gift was more than enough motivation for me. There are many reasons to donate blood and there is a constant need. Even if you, like me, become permanently unable to donate blood, you can encourage others to do so.

When you donate blood, there are many ways that you can prepare:

  • Maintain a healthy iron level by eating plenty of iron rich foods (red meat, poultry, fish, beans, spinach, cereal that is iron fortified, and raisins).
  • Be hydrated. The day of the donation, drink plenty of fluids prior to your appointment.
  • Get a good night’s sleep the night before your donation.
  • Eat healthy, non fatty food before you donate.
  • Dress comfortably with sleeves that the person taking your blood can raise up above your elbow.
  • Be sure you have some ID or your donor card when you come.

During the process of donating blood, here are some things you can expect:

  • You will provide the ID you brought to be registered.
  • You will be asked some questions privately about your medical and travel history.
  • Your temperature, hemoglobin, pulse and blood pressure will be checked.
  • Your arm will be sterilized and stuck with a tiny sterile needle.
  • The whole donation only takes about 8 to 10 minutes unless you are donating platelets which can take a couple of hours.
  • After your blood has been taken, your arm will be bandaged.

After you have donated, you need to do the following things:

  • For the first few minutes, you will rest and enjoy cookies and juice.
  • You need to be careful to stay hydrated with non alcoholic beverages.
  • Be sure and keep the bandage on for the next few hours.
  • Avoid any strenuous exercise or heavy lifting.
  • Eat healthy meals that are rich in iron.

Just think, eight or ten minutes out of your time can save someone’s life. I started donating blood in high school after a good friend was in a life threatening wreck. You have to be at least 17 years old (or in some states 16 with parental consent) to donate blood and 110 pounds.

Will you save lives today by donating blood?

Sources and for more information go to: www.redcrossblood.org and www.lifesouth.org

Bio: Kay Clanton Goggans is an avid reader and teacher by nature. She shares her joy of learning via the Premiere Agency Network Digital Marketing Team. With a marketing focus from market access and account placement to digital marketing, Premiere is a Network of Independent Insurance Agencies in the Southeast U.S.

 

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