It’s a dark and stormy night, when your mother’s car drives off the road and into a tree. She’s rushed to the hospital where she receives a blood transfusion that saves her life.
That blood transfusion was made possible by people like you. And like me, because I donated blood today!
Today, I joined a friend in starting a new Valentine’s Day tradition in giving the gift that comes literally from my heart.
I’ve donated blood before, but only sporadically. Honestly, it’s not something I really enjoy. Ok, I almost even hate it. You know, the whole needle and blood thing.
But here’s what I learned…
- Every 2 seconds, someone needs a blood transfusion.
- One of every 7 hospital patients need a blood transfusion.
- Only 37% of the population is eligible to donate blood, and only 10% donate every year.
- Donated red blood cells expire after 42 days, platelets expire after 5 days, plasma can be frozen for a year.
Ok, Ok! I get the picture. Lots of people need blood, not a lot of people are giving it, and the blood supply needs to be constantly replenished because it doesn’t keep. So I decided that because I CAN give blood, I should give blood.
While I still didn’t enjoy it, I do feel great about doing it. And, I’m looking forward to creating a new holiday tradition for Valentine’s Day, where I give my blood and give the gift of life.