Hey guys! Thank you so much for following my blog! I would like to thank Blood Centers of the Pacific for sponsoring this REALLY important post today!
As some of you may know, I am a nurse and so I recognize the importance of the topic I will be sharing with you guys today. But first, listen to this story.
A BABY STORY
Imagine you’re having your first baby. It’s a really exciting time! You’re full term and ready to have the baby anytime. You wait and wait, and now you’re past the 40 weeks! Your excitement has turned to torment as the discomfort just gets worse day by day.
No matter what you do, you can’t get comfortable. The skin on your belly is stretched to the max and even just eating a little makes you full. You feel like a beached whale for lack of a better term and any activity whatsoever is exhausting and painful. Walking is hard, standing is hard, even sitting is hard. Each day that passes by feels like an eternity as you wait for your precious little baby to arrive.
You are now 41 weeks and just hoping and praying that baby will come out into the world. Finally, you’re in labour and the contractions are coming frequently. Mixed emotions of relief and anxiety flood your mind as you’re so happy baby is going to arrive, but you’ve grown so big you worry that you may not be able to push baby out. It is your first baby after all, so you really don’t know what to expect.
Despite your anxiety and fear, there’s no choice but to go through the process of course. Your contractions are happening just minutes apart and are coming more regularly. You call your midwife and decide to head down to the hospital. Now, it’s push time. The nurses are telling you you’re fully dilated so you can push. No matter how you push and push with all your might, baby won’t come down. You’ve been pushing for more than 4 hours now, not exactly how you imagined it would be and you are completely drained. The word exhaustion is even an understatement. You feel helpless and scared, like you can’t do it anymore.
Your midwife recognizes that you can’t push anymore and baby isn’t coming down so they tell you, you’ll have to have a c-section. Again, you are gripped with fear and uncertainty. You’ve only heard from your other mom friends how painful the recovery is going to be. Although you are scared out of your mind, all you want is for the baby to be out, healthy and in your arms.
You have the c-section and behind the drape you hear your baby crying! What a relief! Baby is out and sounds like he’s doing just fine! But wait, you’re dozing off, you feel unbelievably cold, and your husband notices that your lips are turning blue. You can hear the doctors say you’re hemorrhaging and you need blood STAT. The nurses give you seven warm blankets and you’re still freezing. They start a blood transfusion and you pray that everything will be ok.
As you can see from my story, there is always a need for blood.
Did you know that…
Every 2 seconds someone in the U.S. needs a transfusion of donated blood
1 in 7 people entering the hospital needs a transfusion of donated blood
1 whole blood donation has the potential to help three patients
In addition to donating blood you can also donate platelets, which help treat cancer. They only have a shelf life of five days, so platelets donations are always needed.
There is also a great need for plasma. Plasma contains proteins and nutrients which help treat severe burns, trauma, blood clotting disorders, organ transplants and premature infants.
It’s a common misunderstanding that accident victims are the patients who use the most blood. Actually, people who receive the most blood include those:
- being treated for cancer
- undergoing orthopaedic surgeries
- undergoing marrow and organ transplants
- undergoing cardiovascular surgeries
- being treated for inherited blood disorders
Be a hero and donate blood!
You could be saving three people’s lives!
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