Saturday, March 6, 2010

Give BLOOD, give LOVE, save LIVES

There are many things normal people were afraid of, under different circumstances, situations and aspects in life. I myself certainly have a lot of fears.

What is Fear, Anxiety and a Phobia? How does it hold us from doing something?
Fear and anxiety are similar emotions but with an important difference. Fear is the emotion that people feel when a danger is actually present, while anxiety is the
fear connected with worrying about danger that might happen. A phobia is an intense fear of specific things, like dogs or spiders or riding in elevators.

All of this three defines what I have felt during my first my 1st and 2nd blood donation. During the first some were are joking on me because Im so skinny and weight nearly 100 lbs( 50kg) I was so nervous, before the syringe got into my vein my eyes are already close, the nurse said "are you ok? " I said I am, On the second donation my eyes is open and looking around but not on the needle and I think of other things to divert my emotions.

And on the last blood letting I'm still nervous but very minimal this time I manage to stir on the syringe as it pierce to my vein, it was nearly the size of Yakult drink straw. It was on my 6th consecutive donation I never miss a single one with God grace I always passed the health screening this time I said to myself " I've faced my FEAR"

Blood Compositions
Plasma is a pale yellowish fluid with a total volume of 2-3 liters in a normal adult. it contents are:
1. Water _________________ 90.0%
2. Protein _________________ 8.0 %
3. Inorganic Ions____________0.9 %
4. Organic Substances________1.1%

Red Blood Cells are the most common cells found in the blood. There are about 5 million blood cells in each cubic milimeter of blood or approxiamately 250 million red blood cells in every drop of bloods. Red blood cells are important in the process of respiration. Gases involved in respiration are carried around the body through these cells.
White Blood Cells are responsible for the defense system in the body. there are approximately 6,000 white blood cells per milimeter of blood or 1/2 million blood cells in every drop of human blood. White blood cells fight infections and protect our body from foreign particles, which includes harmful germs and bacteria
Blood Platelets are granular non-nucleated fragments of cytoplasm in the form of oval discs. They secrete a hormone called serotonin which constricts torn blood vessels. They also have major role in accumulating at sites of injury sticking together to plugs gaps in broken blood vessels to stop bleeding.

Blood Donation

  • Why Do I need to Donate Blood?

  • Who can donate?

  • What are the steps in Blood Donations?

  • Are there any known side effects of Blood Donation?

  • Is blood donation Time-consuming?

  • Benefits of Blood Donation

    Why Do I need to donate blood?
    Blood is very important in many medical operations such as in serious accidents, organ transplants and supporting patientss with blood-related disease like haemophilia ( a disease that prevents blood from clotting).
    Most hospitals and medical centers are alwayss having a shortage of blood due to a lack of donors. This had often resulted i delayed surgeries, operations and treatments, which can lead to complications and death in patients.

    Who can Donate?

    To ensure your health and well-being, you are encouraged to come forward and make a blood donation only if you:

    1. Are between 16 and 60 years old
    2. Weigh at least 45 kg
    3. Have a haemoglobin level of at least 12.5 g/dl
    4. Are in generally good health
    5. Have not had any symptoms of infection for at least 1 week e.g. sore throat, cough, runny nose, diarrhea
    6. Have not had a fever in the last
    3 weeks.

    What are the steps involved in blood donation?
    Before going for blood donation, please remember to have a good meal. The hospital/organization involved would ask you to fill in a form in regards to your age, health status, family history etc. to prevent the trasmission of infectious diseases amongst the patients.
    Next a brief physical exam would be given whereby doctors would test for blood pressure, pulse, temperature and any other irregularities that should be found within the blood. You will be asked to be seated in a reclining chair and position yourself in the most comfortable. An anaesthetic would be apply after that A needle would be injected into your vein and a unit of blood would be drawn from you and stored immediately to prevent contamination. after the process, donors are usually served refreshments to replenish their loss blood while remaining seated.

    Are there any known side effects of blood donation?

    No. Till date, there has been no medical proof of the side effects that blood donation might bring. Many have gone through the process without a hinch and from then saved the lives of million others. Blood donation is quick and safe and does not cost you a single cent.

    Is Blood Donation time-consuming?

    The whole blood donation process usually takes about an hour or so.

    What are the benefits of donating blood?

    No doubt the first and foremost advantage of donating blood is the exalted feeling of saving someone's life. If we donate the little excess blood in our body, it could save someone's life without crearting any problem for us. Instead it would help to alleviate some major health problems like heart diseases.
    Blood donation is an excellent way to get rid of excess iron accumulated in our body due to its over consumption. Excess iron in the body can stimulate the formation of free radicals, which are responsible for causing damage to body cells and tissues. Free radicals are also associated with many diseases like heart diseases and cancer.

    The Bible defines the holyness of blood and its spiritual significant for the life of the christians. And when it comes to answering questions concerning spirituality
    Bro. Eliseo F. Soriano holds the key, the bible will answer. You can also visit
    Members Church of God International for more details

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