Unfortunately I am not good with words. Actually I am terrible with anything to do with language and grammar (if you frequent this blog, it's obvious). Nor am I great in the wit and comedic department. That is all beside the point! The point is I have a very important subject to talk about. (This is where you visualize me hopping on my soapbox)
You need to donate blood!! Many of you are probably thinking," Say what?! This is coming from you?" Yes! I have said it. My attitude was not always so.
The first time I went to donate blood was when I was in college. I donated blood mostly to find out what my blood type was since several of my biology/anatomy classes had referred to blood types. I ended up going with one of my roommates (I actually can't remember which one but it is whichever one is A positive) I joked that our blood type reflected our grades since hers was A positive and mine was B negative. I took quite the beating just to find out my blood type. I had a terrible, terrible phlebotomist which resulted in huge bruises on BOTH my arms.
The second time I went with Maren (who is awesome to donate since she is the beloved universal donor.) I remember her joking about how I shouldn't have a problem with the iron count since I eat a lot of meat. My iron was great, my phlebotomist not so much. This time the bruises were smaller but still on both arms. I vowed I wouldn't donate blood again.
I am pleased to say that I have recently broken that vow! Not only that, but I had a great phlebotomist and only got poked in ONE arm!!
So I am now listing some reasons to donate:
1. To know your blood type. Although it was a lame reason to donate blood, it ended up being a blessing that I knew my blood type. I was pregnant and my doctor had my blood type wrong in her system. It is a very critical thing when you are Rh negative to make sure you get those darn rhogam shots when you are pregnant.
2. You get something from giving. I recently read an article that said,"People who give blood are twice as likely to say they're very happy people as people who don't." You get benefits from giving (and not just treats and beverages that you get afterward), but real internal, fulfilling benefits.
3. People need blood. When donating blood it is hard to imagine what you are really doing and what it will go toward. When you see someone who needs blood it is even harder to imagine withholding it from them.
My family currently has set a goal to help get 500 units of blood donated. You can be a part of this. Check out http://celiascircle.org/
I will now exit off the soapbox. . .