Are you a blood donor?
Maybe others follow the news more closely than I do and already knew this, but I learned today that there is a severe blood shortage because of the Coronavirus outbreak. Drives are being cancelled because the typical high-population sites that host them are closing for safety, so exponentially less blood is coming in.
We (DH and I) were routine donors years ago, but tapered off as I dealt with health issues that made the gatepost question, “Are you feeling well and healthy today?” more often a “no” for me. I wasn’t sure whether the various medications I take would prevent me from being able to donate.
The American Red Cross website has a very in-depth Eligibility Requirements section that lists the relatively few things that will prevent someone from donating and I was able to clear every concern I had for myself. DH and I have appointments for Monday.
This is one very concrete, safe, action we can take to help others during this crisis.
A little juice and a semi-restful evening will be more than enough recovery time to fuel your reward-yourselves-for-a-good-deed sex! 😉
Back in the day I gave blood regularly. There was a Red Cross donation center near our home and donating was easy. This center moved some years ago and along with my own health issues I stopped donating. I was aware of the shortage and should do my part and start donating. It’s like the old gospel tune “Excuses, Excuses”!
I’ve wanted to be, but a severe bout with mono as a 16 year old affected my liver and I’m ineligible in my county. As tall as I am, I’d be able to donate platelets otherwise. I couldn’t donate the vast quantities of breast milk I had after my son was born, either.
Wish I’d socially distanced myself from that girl I sat next to in my English class that year. Mono is much more contagious than we realized in those days.
DD and I donated earlier this year. I plan to again when I’m eligible in April. I’ve been a semi-regular donor, but have ramped it up the last few years. Bryanna mentioned having problems. I too had a problem a few years ago where it would clot vs. flowing and they gave up after a bit saying my hydration level may have been too low. The last several times, I’ve made sure I was fully hydrated and I haven’t had a problem, but I don’t know for sure that it helped.
I appreciate all those willing but unable! That was me for a while, then I was just not motivated enough to check on my eligibility until it became an emergency. I wish I had been disciplined enough to look into it–and follow through–sooner.
I don’t know what the Red Cross does, but the blood bank we used to give to (it was run by our local hospital) used to be able to use a “butterfly needle” (it’s smaller) to access my veins more easily. For those who have difficulties, perhaps the butterfly needle is a possibility at your donation location.
No guilt trips from me for anyone; we all do what we can and what we feel God calling us to. I’m spouting encouragement, not preaching!! 🙂