Thank you, Thank you for clicking, Eshe Eshe O. It’s Laradiji once again, and welcome to my channel. I’m all about living a peaceful life, and I love talking about situations we might find ourselves in that need peaceful endings. It’s September’s episode of the Freestyle section of my channel and in this section, I usually freestyle a topic under the umbrella of Living a peaceful life. So today in this video, I’ll be talking about blood donations and the basics of what it entails if you want to donate in your local communities. To answer the burning question on your mind, no, Vampires are not welcome. Please, find your blood elsewhere. Do look forward to October’s F.S.T.L episode, I’ll talk about expectations, dreams regarding career paths and the reality of it all. If you’re already subscribed, then you’re a very important part of this family and you’re humbly welcome back to this channel, without you, there’s no LinP|RinP. If you’re new here and would love to join us, then do subscribe by hovering over the hearts in the right lower corner and clicking the subscribe button. Do check out the other sections of Laraddiji as you’re inspired to do so after watching this video. Don’t go anywhere…
I wanted to use this platform to inspire you to donate blood in your local communities. I work in the health care field as a professional Registered Nurse and a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and a fraction of my patients sometimes need blood transfusion due to one problem or the other, but where do all the pints of blood come from? Most of the time, it comes from individuals that have donated their blood into the system. I personally love doing new things and venturing into uncharted waters and I thought, what haven’t I done before that I would really love to do now? I’ve always thought of donating for a very long time and I never really got a chance to, so I began to think of how I could donate and got to researching how I could immediately. It so happened that there was an announcement on their website that day that they were low in blood volume and types of blood they had in the system, so I thought what better time to donate. I checked the schedule and saw an available time for me to go in.
Disclaimer: The information posted here was from a few websites I found online and I put them together for you so that you can make an informed decision whether you want to donate blood or not.
For starters, blood cannot be made or manufactured so, if someone needs blood, they get it through blood donations. When we bleed after a minor cut, there are 4 components that leak out, 1. red blood cells, which represents 40%-45% of our blood volume. They are generated from our bone marrow at a rate of four to five billion per hour. They have a lifecycle of about 120 days which is 3 months in the body. 2. Platelets, control bleeding. When you have a cut let’s say, they travel to that wound and grow long tentacles to contact the vessel and form clusters to plug the wound until it heals. 3. Plasma is the liquid portion of our blood. It is yellowish in color and is made up mostly of water, but it also contains proteins, sugars, hormones, and salts. It transports water and nutrients to your body’s tissues.
Most people are eligible to donate life-saving blood and Donating blood is pretty easy, And you’ll get to know your Blood Type and hemoglobin level, If your blood type is O-Negative, you’re a “Universal Donor,” because your blood can be transfused into anyone in an emergency. I believe I’m O-Positive, My husband is O Negative.
But first, what are the advantages of donating blood, some might seem a little bit far fetched
- It can help reveal potential health problems because they’ll test for anemia, HIV, and others
- It can reduce harmful iron stores because your body will be able to make new blood cells
- It might lower your risk of suffering a heart attack based on the iron stores in the blood which can cause blood vessel constriction and can lead to heart attacks.
- It might reduce your risk of developing cancer, there’s not a lot of research that backs it up or tells us which kinds of cancer it reduces.
- It can help your liver stay healthy, this is also linked to the Iron stores in the body and in the liver
- It can help your mental state because you know you’re doing something good for people who will need it, it makes you happy
- It can reduce stress
- It can improve your emotional well-being when you know you’re contributing something positive to the society
- It can benefit your physical health, its like rejuvenating blood supply
- It can help get rid of negative feelings maybe about yourself if your confidence is low
- It can provide a sense of belonging and reduce isolation, when you see and make connections with other people who are donating blood as well.
What are the disadvantages of donating blood?
- Bruising, sometimes at the site from being stuck with a needle
- Continued bleeding, if enough pressure is not placed on the puncture site afterward
- Dizziness, lightheadedness, and nausea, because some blood has left your system
- Pain, from being struck by a big gauge needle
- Physical weakness, again, because some amount of blood has left your body
What you need to know before you donate blood
I’m sure the rules might be slightly different from state to state, and country to country so please do your own research on what’s required depending on where you are before you donate.
- You need to be 17 or older to donate whole blood. Some states allow you to donate at 16 with parental consent.
- You have to weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health to donate.
- You need to provide information about medical conditions and any medications you’re taking. These may affect your eligibility to donate blood. Antibiotics, reckless sexual encounters, hx of HIV, STDs. Accidental needle sticks.
- You must wait at least 8 weeks between whole blood donations and 16 weeks between double red cell donations.
- Platelet donations can be made every 7 days, up to 24 times per year. Wow
The following are some suggestions to help you prepare for donating blood:
- Drink an extra 16 ounces of water before your appointment.
- Eat a healthy meal that’s low in fat.
- Wear a short-sleeved shirt or a shirt with sleeves that are easy to roll up.
So we got out of church on the 11th of August and my family proceeded to one of the Blood Donation centers in Staten Island, I had booked an appointment 2-3 days before online and it was so easy, I registered, booked and was expected at the site. I donated alone while my husband watched over the kids. I’m so proud of myself for planning this small project and making it a reality with my family. After donating blood which the whole blood process itself took less than 15mins, it was recommended that I stayed at the site for 15 more mins to eat a snack and relax. I hope I have inspired my family, my kids especially on one of the ways we can give back to the community and to the humankind at large. I was told I could donate blood in mid-October if I wanted. I want to use this opportunity to
Thank you in advance for even thinking about donating, that can always lead to actually donating sooner rather than later, thank you for thinking about your neighbor and being your neighbors keeper, the important lesson of this video is that you’ll never know who this is saving, your family member or your friend as you all know, we are more connected to each than we really think.
Thank you very much for watching this episode. Let’s stop giving ourselves high blood pressure for no reason as we live our lives. God willing, we are on this earth for an average of 75-80yrs. Let’s not waste any of that precious time on matters that don’t help us positively in some way. You have a decision to make, if not now, maybe later, the ball of blood donation is in your court. Ask questions if you have any. Like this video by giving it a thumbs up so that I can make more of them and you can also follow me on Instagram @Laraddiji and subscribe to my channel so you don’t miss the many more sizzling topics to come, hover on the red hearts on the right lower corner to subscribe, its free and make sure your notification bell is activated. Please, let’s love our neighbors as ourselves and remember, to Rest.In.Peace, we all need to be Living.In.Peace. You’ll see me in my next one. Stay blessed, Bye-bye. You’ll see me in my next one.