“Tears of a mother cannot save her child, but your blood can.”
This slogan to promote blood donation was what first inspired me to donate several years ago, and today’s prompt is a reminder I need to begin donating again. I stopped giving blood several months ago whilst taking anti inflammatory drugs for my knee, and after having had surgery on said knee, haven’t as yet returned.
I began by giving whole blood and then progressed to plasma, then platelets and finally back to plasma when it was decreed you could not give platelets if you had been pregnant due to possible complications post transfusion.
The only issue I have ever had in many years of donating, has been massive bruising at the puncture site, causing me some mild pain and discomfort. This dissipated after a couple of days and certainly would not prevent me giving again. The free food and drink at the end of each donation is a welcome bonus and it’s one place where you know you will be treated with the utmost respect.
Blood is surprisingly versatile and the blood you donate can be made into 22 different medical treatments, with every blood donation given being able to save three lives. It’s easy, straightforward, rewarding and done for the greatest cause. Who knows, maybe it will be you, or someone that matters to you, that will need it one day.
“You don’t have to be a doctor to save lives. Just donate blood.”