I was chatting to a good friend of mine a couple of nights ago, Sam, who mentioned that she was going to give blood after her shift at work finished which I thanked her for. She was a little surprised when I did this, so I explained why I thanked her. In the past there have been two instances where I have needed to receive blood transfusions. The first was a good few years ago when a few of the ulcers ruptured in my gut causing some heavy internal bleeding. Unfortunately for me I didn’t act on this as quickly as I should have done, and ended up being carted off to hospital by the paramedics for a course of steroids, two units of blood and a week in hospital.
The second time was just after my operation, when I lost a huge amount of blood into the abdominal cavity. This time was far worse than the previous occasion as I lost around 3 litres of blood, which I found out later was a close call. After this I needed 10 units. Having been in these situations I am so grateful that people like Sam give blood, which is why I thanked her. Even though her blood wasn’t being used to treat me, it was the fact that she was doing it that meant a lot.
Now I can hear you asking: if this means so much then why don’t I do it myself? Unfortunately I am unable to give blood due to the Crohn’s. Because of the condition itself and the fact I have received blood in the past, the hospitals won’t accept mine. Although it sucks as it is something I would desperately love to do, I can understand their reasoning: they need healthy blood to help fix people. This makes it all the more meaningful to me when people give blood as it is something I cannot do. I’m sure that there are many other people who feel the same, as their treatment in hospital and maybe even their lives may have depended on someone going to give blood.
Sam also mentioned the system in Sweden where if you give blood, you get a text message when your blood is used, so you find out when you’ve just helped someone out. This is a pretty awesome idea!
So thank you to everyone out there who does this incredible thing, you’re all quite literally life savers and it means so much to us lot who have had to rely on your donations. Have a great day people.