I was waiting for it. I was waiting for myself to start going into shock. You know, crying, throwing up, the whole deal -which is usually my style for most stressful things in life.
But I didn’t.
I saved three lives and it didn’t alter my life at all.
This has been something on my bucket list FOREVER. I’ve always wanted to give blood. For the longest time, I didn’t weigh enough, which is just plain sick. (thank you protein shakes!!) And after I weighed over the 110 weight limit my fears kicked in. Which I’m embarrassed at now. That tiny little needle has nothing on me.
I was a champ. 6:20, record of the day. And I got a cool little donor card.
And if that doesn’t convince you to shoot up, if you will, maybe this will do the trick?
- Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood.
- More than 38,000 blood donations are needed every day.
- A total of 30 million blood components are transfused each year in the U.S. (2006).
- The average red blood cell transfusion is approximately 3 pints.
- The blood type most often requested by hospitals is Type O.
- The blood used in an emergency is already on the shelves before the event occurs.
- Sickle cell disease affects more than 80,000 people in the U.S., 98 percent of whom are African American. Sickle cell patients can require frequent blood transfusions throughout their lives.
- More than 1 million new people are diagnosed with cancer each year. Many of them will need blood, sometimes daily, during their chemotherapy treatment.
- A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 pints of blood.