Sunday, April 15, 2012

"N" = NEED for Blood Donations & Why #AtoZChallenge @AprilA2Z @Froze8


Welcome to day fourteen of the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge.
Today's letter is "N" and my topic is = NEED for Blood Donations.

Today my friend Kate is going to guest post about the NEED for Blood Donations and why they are in demand. 


My name is Kate, spelled K8. I am currently in my first year of college (which is just about to end). I can be found at http://froze8.blogspot.com/ and on Twitter via Froze8.

Today for the letter N I will be talking about Need, specifically the Need for Blood Donations.

There are so many things I can say about this need that it is hard for me to know where to start…I guess from the beginning…

Being such the odd child I am I have always wanted to know everything I could about myself, what time was I born? Why do I have hearing loss? And….What is my blood type? 


Through my years on the planet I have gathered some of these answers. Finding out my blood type came from my first blood donation done by the American Red Cross my senior year of high school (I was 17).

Many teenagers donate blood as a way to get out of class, or get a free t-shirt but ever since that first day I learned that there was much more to giving blood than following the crowd.

One donation can save up to three lives. My sister was one of those lives.

A few years ago when I was a preteen my sister underwent surgery. She was supposed to be fine after she was sent home…but she wasn’t. After much…well…craziness my sister did heal and has been doing well ever since but during her time in the hospital she needed TWO blood transfusions… I do not know what would have happened to my sister if there had not been blood available.

Now here are some questions about the blood donation process I know you are thinking of or will think of soon.

“Why is there a need for blood donations?”
-Well, because the supply is not enough to keep up with the demand…with the NEED.
This is due to a few factors:

o   First, blood has a shelf life, if it is not used in a certain amount of time then it is no longer useable.
o   Second, few people are eligible blood donors and even fewer actually donate. (There are age and weight requirements, certain lifestyles that are at a higher risk for AIDS are not allowed to donate (such as homosexuals, and no it is not because the Red Cross is trying to be judgmental, it honestly is a risk factor which I will explain more if you need me to, just send me a message)
o   Third, people do not understand how important this issue is.
o   Fourth, different blood types can only take certain types of blood; if the blood for a transfusion is not compatible with your blood type then you are in trouble.
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 “Why do you give your blood for free when the hospitals/Red Cross charge people for it?”
I give my blood for free because even if a person does have to pay for it, it is better for there to be blood for them to buy than for them to die because the blood is not available.


“Why do you donate blood? (besides for your sister)”
I donate blood because it takes little time, it is something that cost me nothing but that little time and yet I can still save lives. (Some people donate during their lunch break at work! How simple is that?)

“It is against my religion to donate or receive blood”
Well that is fine, but for those who are not of your religion this is important.

 For more information about blood donation (and blood types!) check out the American Red Cross’s website- http://www.redcrossblood.org/

I know this post is really a bit long but this is something that is very close to my heart. So, if you have donated before but have stopped, or if you have never donated please…PLEASE set up an appointment to donate. What you give WILL save lives, and it will ALWAYS be a need. Every time I give blood I thank God someone gave blood before me and by doing so saved my sister’s life. And please feel free to ask me questions in the comments, on my blog, or anywhere else you can find me online. I look forward to talking to you guys about this.

 -K8