Thursday, October 28, 2004

:: Blood Donation ::

hi friendzz . . .

Well ... I finally managed to do it ....

Yesterday I donated Blood .... for the first time in my life .....

There was a Blood Donation drive conducted by the Rotaract Club of NITIE and I was the third person in the early morning to do it.

There have been occasions in rthe past when i got a chance to do this noble activity but missed every time. This time I had decided ... come what may ... I would definately do it ... And I did.

October 27th, 2004 .... goes down in History (my personal history i mean ...) as the day when shoOOonya first donated blood. (Fortunately I have not yet seen the day when I received blood).

Frankly it was a very nice experience. to donate blood adn to know that someday this same blood would be instrumental in saving someone's life .... Even you should do it .....

Facts About Blood and Blood Donation

• Just one person’s donated blood can help save as many as three people’s lives.
• The average adult has 10 pints of blood in his or her body.
• One unit of blood is roughly the equivalent of one pint.
• Blood makes up about 7% of your body's weight.
• A newborn baby has about one cup of blood in his or her body.
• There are four main blood types: A, B, AB and O.
• AB is the universal recipient and O negative is the universal donor.
• Blood centers often run short of type O and B blood.
• Shortages of all types of blood occur during the summer and winter holidays.
• If all blood donors gave 2 to 4 times a year, it would help prevent blood shortages.
• Blood donation takes four steps: medical history, quick physical, donation, and snacks.
• The actual blood donation usually takes less than 10 minutes.
• The entire process, from when you sign in to the time you leave, takes about 45 minutes.
• Giving blood will not decrease your strength.
• You cannot get AIDS or any other infectious disease by donating blood. Provided safety measures are taken care of by the blood collecting officials
• Fourteen tests, 11 of which are for infectious diseases, are performed on each unit of donated blood.
• Any company, community organization, place of worship or individual may contact their local community blood center to host a blood drive.
• People donate blood out of a sense of duty and community spirit, not to make money. They are not paid for their donation.
• Much of today's medical care depends on a steady supply of blood from healthy donors.
• One unit of blood can be separated into several components (red blood cells, white blood cells, plasma, platelets and cryoprecipitate).
• Apheresis (ay-fur-ee-sis) is a special kind of blood donation that allows a donor to give specific blood components, such as platelets.
• After donating blood, you replace these red blood cells within 3 to 4 weeks. It takes eight weeks to restore the iron lost after donating.
• There is no substitute for human blood.
• Since a pint is pound, you lose a pound every time you donate blood.
• Anyone who is in good health, is at least 17 years old, and weighs at least 110 pounds may donate blood every 56 days.
• It’s about Life.

So ... grab the next oportunity you get to donate blood and 'just do it'

keep smiling and have a great day ...

... shoOOonya ...

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