My first blood donation

by - August 15, 2018


Last May, our company hosted a blood donation drive. I always dreamed of donating blood because I want to feel the fulfillment of saving lives but was unfortunate that I don’t have so much opportunity to have one.
Since this is my first time, I was so nervous when I entered the room. I thought I was not prepared to do it that day but everything went smoothly.
Before the actual donation, they asked me to fill out a form first then I was interviewed. Then my weight, blood pressure, heart beat and lungs sound were checked too. They also done hemoglobin test and blood typing. (B+ pa rin naman yung blood type ko. hehehe). Then the actual donation begins.
So sad that I was not able to take a single pic of my first blood donation😞 Eto lang proof ko:

So if you're planning to do it also, here the  advantages in donating blood besides the feeling of fulfillment of being able to help other people.
Benefits of Blood Donation (Source: http://nbts.gov.jm/benefits-of-donating-blood/)
1.  Improves Heart Health
Donating blood improves your overall cardiovascular health. Increased level of iron in the blood raises the chance of heart disease. Regularly donating blood helps males in particular to reduce the amount of iron in the blood. This can reduce the chance of heart attack by 88%. Additionally, regular blood donation can lower the risk of severe cardiovascular events such as stroke by 33%.

2.   Enhances the production of new blood cells
When blood is withdrawn, the donor’s body immediately begins to replenish the lost blood. New cells are produced by marrow within 48 hours of donation, and all of the red blood cells the donor loses during donation are completely replaced within one to two months. Therefore, donating blood helps to stimulate the production of new blood cells. This process of replenishment can help your body stay healthy and work more efficiently.

3.   Burns Calories
Donating blood on a regular basis can also improve fitness. Donating one pint of blood (450 ml) burns 650 calories in donor’s body.

4.   Reduces Cancer risk
Give blood to help lower your risk of cancer. According to the Miller-Keystone Blood Center, consistent blood donation is associated with lowered risks of cancers, including liver, lung, colon, stomach and throat cancers. Risk levels drop in correlation with how often participants donate blood.

5.   Free Health Screening Done
In addition to all of these benefits, a donor receives a free prior health screening plus mini blood test. There will be an HB level test, as well as a blood pressure and body check. Blood is also tested for some major diseases and the donor is immediately informed in strict confidentiality if any of these tests show positive results.

Before donating blood, you should:
  1. Have enough rest and sleep;
  2. Have taken a light meal;
  3. Drink plenty of fluid;
  4. Not have any alcohol intake 24 hours before blood donation;
  5. Not have intake any medication/maintenance; and
  6. Be in a good healthy condition.
After donating blood, you should:
  1. Rest for about 5 to 10 minutes;
  2. Drink plenty of water;
  3. Apply pressure on the punctured site; and
  4. Avoid strenuous activities

If you want to be a hero and save lives, you can donate at the nearest Red Cross blood service facility in your area, check here – www.redcross.org.ph/get-involved/give-blood/blood-service-facilities

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