January is “National Blood Donor Month”, since in the winter months, it is more difficult to get blood donations.
This is near to my heart because my father had “I.T.P.”, which is a autoimmune disease where your immune system attacks your platelets. So, since my Dad was lacking platelets, he was having a bloody nose, gums, and at risk for bleeding to death. He was very sick, in the hospital, for one month. I was stuck with sadness, but he got better, and his I.T.P. comes and goes, and he has not been this sick since, in 12 years! So this is one motive for me to donate!
Blood donations are needed. Facts about blood donation.
- One donation can save 3 lives!
- Every 2 seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood
- More than 38,000 blood donations are needed everyday
- 1 Million people every year are diagnosed with cancer.
There are also benefits for the donor as well:
- You get a free blood tests! They check your Iron, and they check to see if you have HIV.
- Donating blood decreases your risk for heart disease and cancer
- It burns calories
- You are making a difference, and saving lives!
Donating blood only takes 10-15 minutes. I recommend eating a well balanced meal before donating, and make sure you eat enough. Also drink plenty of water and make sure you feel rested.
Mine and my Dad’s blood type is O-. We both can donate to anyone but if we are to have a blood transfusion we can only receive O-. So we are universal donors. My Dad obviously cannot donate.
I have donated since I was about 18. I still do but not as much as I used to. In my 20’s donating blood didn’t effect me, but not sometimes I feel tired, and lightheaded afterwards, as I got older. I am not sure why? I am perfectly healthy, I eat well, and drink water, and feel well rested.
I encourage blood donation if you are well and able. It is greatly needed for the ill, and the families of the ill sure appreciate it!