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Thursday, March 23, 2006

Give Life, Donate Blood!!!!

Give Life! Donate Blood!...

I was just passing by the blood bank today and I noticed a lot of college students, both boys and girls standing on the corridor. There faces were lit up and they had their own discussions about donating their blood. It was a very pleasant morning and the students were dressed very elegantly. Nearly about twenty of them were present and later I found out that all of them had volunteered to donate their blood. Two of them had a very rare group AB negative. They felt so happy that their blood could save many lives. It is very interesting to note that the present day students are very open and they are always ready to help in whatever way they could. In my days I had to get the permission of the elders to do such things. Kudos young generation!
We all expect blood to be there for us, but barely a fraction of those who can give do. Yet sooner or later, virtually all of us will face a time of great vulnerability in which we will need blood. And that time is all too often unexpected. The honor, spirit and resources of the people comes forth with neighbors helping neighbors in need - during earthquakes, floods, fires, storms - and also for the deeply personal and often quiet disasters that require a gift of blood. Most people realize the need and importance of blood on ly when they meet with an emergency situation.
Some facts about Blood Donation
Any person above 18 years of age and over 45 Kgs. in wieght can donate blood once in three months.
A normal adult has five to six litres of blood in his/her body of which only 300ml is used during blood donation.
This blood is replaced by your body within 24 to 48 hours!
No special diet, rest or medicine is required after blood donation.
The donor should not have taken any medicine in the last 48 hours.
The donor should not have contacted jaundice in the previous three years.
Every donor is given a medical checkup prior to donation to see if he/she is medically fit and doesn't suffer from anaemia, high blood pressure etc.
The donor cannot contract AIDS or any other disease by donating blood.
So why wait? Go ahead and donate blood.

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Anonymous said...

Mom, It Really takes Courage to Donate Blood!

Jen said...

Athai,
I have donated blood when i was doing my 2nd yr Statistics in Madras Christian College. It was a Blood donation campaign. But it took 4 days for me to decide on donating blood cos i was afraid. Everyday i used to go to that place where the donation is happening and stand by the door and come back. But one day i decided i should donate my part and did it.