If you are already a blood donor, i would like to congratulate you!! If you are not, do join me.. try donating blood~
Donating blood gives you one of the best feeling in the world. Knowing that with donating blood, you are saving lives, making a difference. One of the most common comments i get are : 'Donating blood is painful' or ' I am afraid or needles' or ' It is too troublesome'..
Let me share with you my first blood taking experience few years back.. and take you on a journey of blood donation...
When i turned 18, the one thing i wanted to do (besides driving), was donating blood. You know, the way you want to enter the casino the moment you turn 21. It was like a must-do thing. Only that, i had a problem. Well, i was indeed afraid of needles, and i have a very, VERY low threshold for pain.
I have to admit, even now, i am still partly afraid of needle pricking. I know, it's irony, since i am already in Medical school and i am pricking patients everyday. Then i discovered ways to overcome the fear : Donating Blood does not have to be a nightmare
The first time i donated blood, obviously i looked away and prayed it'll all past ASAP. Surprisingly, it was not as pain as i expected. The thing is, unlike the usual blood taking at clinics, before blood donation, you would be injected lignocaine (a local analgesia) which would numb your arm. The injection is like the bit of a ant, not even a strong ant, rather like a weaken ant. And therefore, when they insert the needle, you feel nothing at all, NOTHING at all, seriously..
This time, i actually video-ed the whole process of the lignocaine and needle insertion, however, my Se 750i camera phone had failed me and the video cannot be played or uploaded.. sigh... Anyway, if shinyin is brave enough to record her ownself being pricked by a needle, blood donation to you is 'sap sap sui' lar...
So the process start with registration, and to see whether you are suitable for blood donation:
Generally, you are eligible to donate blood if
- You are in good health today
- You are between 18 to 60 years of age
- Your weight is above 45 kg
- You had more than 5 hours of sleep
- You are free from any medical problems: e.g. high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, operation less than 6 months ago
- You have not taken any antibiotics in the last one week or immunization in the past 3 weeks
- You are not pregnant or just delivered
- You have taken breakfast or light lunch before donating blood
- You are not menstruating
- You are not involved in any of the following activities:
- Homosexual relationship
- Bisexual relationship
- Multiple sexual partners
- Having sexual contact with those mentioned above
- Drug abuse
- Interval between your last donation is more than 3 months
But today, yeay! it sink instead of floats~
Finally, you will be injected Lignocaine (local pain killer) - sting a little.
Then the needle for blood taking will be inserted, the needle looks scary but at this point, your arm is already numbed, so, no pain at all!! =)
You are required to do a pumping motion on the PVC tube with your hands
This process takes less than 10 minutes..
At the end, got makan and certificate somemore...
but i think, we gain something more satisfying:
knowing that we had help someone else who was in need of blood
So, will i hear you donating blood too?
Donate blood- it's the gift of life!
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WHY IS IT IMPORTANT THAT I DONATE BLOOD?
Everyday someone depends on blood for life. Blood maybe needed for surgery, for an accident victim, or to help treat patients with leukemia, cancer, heart and liver diseases, and haemophilia. Your contribution could help save a life here.
AM I ELIGIBLE TO DONATE?
Yes. lf you are 18 years of age ( proof of age may be required)and weigh at least 45 kg. In general, medications in themselves are no cause for deferral. Rather acceptance or deferral is based on the underlying medical conditions.lf you are on any medications, please let us know at the blood drive.
AM I HEALTHY ENOUGH TO DONATE?
You should feel well if you plan to donate. Your health and safety are very important to us. You will be asked to complete a Donor consent form where professional health history will be asked. Your pulse and blood pressure and a drop of blood will be taken from you to test your haemoglobin. All information that you give is kept confidential.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO DONATE?
The procedure itself takes between 7 10 minutes. How ever, you should plan to spend at least an hour at the blood drive.
DOES THE NEEDLE HURT?
There is a little sting when the needle is inserted, but there is no pain or stinging after that.
HOW MUCH BLOOD IS TAKEN?
About 450 ml, which is a little less than a pint. Adults usually have 5 litres (10 -12 pints) in their body. Some may only be allowed to donate 300 ml for various reasons.
HOW WILL I FEEL AFTER DONATING?
Most people feel great! Eat breakfast or light lunch before donating, and you should feel fine. Having eaten makes a big difference in how you feel afterwards.
HOW SOON AFTER DONATING CAN I PRACTICE SPORTS?
You are advised to avoid heavy muscular or strenuous activities such as lifting, pushing or picking up heavy objects for 5 hours after giving blood. During plenty of fluids for the next 24 hours.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO REPLENISH THE BLOOD THAT I HAVE DONATED?
lt takes about 24 hours for your body to replace your blood volume or plasma. You should drink an extra four glasses of non-alcoholic fluids. Your body needs about 4 -B weeks to replace the red cells before you can donate again. You can donate again after 12 weeks.
WHAT HAPPENS TO MY BLOOD AFTER DONATING?
Your blood is tested for blood type, syphilis, hepatitis viruses, the AlDS viruses (HIV).Then your blood is stored for use. Your blood can be used either as whole blood to help one patient or after separation into components (red cells, platelets, plasma), to help several patients.
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