People cannot live without blood. Blood donors make it possible for many people to live normal lives. 3,000 pints are required every week, with 1,000 people benefiting from transfusions in any every day period.
Thousands of people require blood transfusions every year, some because they are undergoing surgery, others recovering from cancer, or those who have been involved in a serious car accident. Without blood donors these people will not survive.
A car accident victim may require anything up to 30 pints of blood while a bleeding ulcer may require from three to five pints of blood. A coronary artery bypass may use between one to five pints of blood. Some newborn babies and their mothers need blood. Each pint donated helps to save three lives.
Most people donate because they know someone who needs blood or have or may need blood themselves in the future. Anyone who is able and suitable should donate. There is nothing to fear whatsoever.
The staff who operate the clinics are wonderful and do their very best to welcome donors and advise them and make them feel comfortable. They make every effort to have your donation complete within the hour. My experience donating has always been a pleasure.
Regardless of whether it’s a first donation or a 20th donation, each donor must check in and be assessed in advance of giving blood to ensure that they and their blood meet the requirements. Then they must answer a few questions, with help, if needed, from the doctor and nurses. After donating you are shown to the canteen area where you will rest and enjoy some light refreshments.
Then you go back to your daily routine. Your next donation will be three months later. You will receive a letter to inform you of the date and a text message on donating day.
My motivation is simple: I must do it, because it is for a good cause and I like to help.
I am delighted to be able to do and feel very unique as in over 40 years I donating, I have never been turned down. If I was told on any given day that I could not donate I would be devastated and I will continue donating for as long as I can. My next donation will be my 104th.
During my civil service years I have always encouraged colleagues and friends as well as family to donate. My young nieces and nephews are all donors and trying to ‘reach my target’.
My mottos is: “Try and help save someone’s life, sick people rely on us to meet their needs”. After each donation, I hear a ‘little voice’ from above saying: “You have earned one more tomorrow by the good deed you did today.”
Thanks be to God, so far I have helped saved 309 lives.