I avoid a lot of mushy, touchy-feely, deep and meaningful blogs and this isn’t really going to be one but I wanted to warn you straight up.
I used to be a blood donor. I hope to be a donor again one day. The blood bank is picky.
That being said they do need donors, and lots of them. 1 in 3 Australians will need blood or a blood product in their lifetime but only 1 in 30 donate. There’s something wrong with the maths there people.
It’s a figure that hasn’t altered much in the 10 years since I first gave blood.
So to encourage all of you to go out and save a life I’ve compiled some lists.
People who will need blood:
- Cancer patients and people with blood diseases
- People with anaemia
- Surgical patients, including ones who have open heart surgery and burn victims
- Heart, stomach and kidney disease sufferers
- Bone patients
- Pregnant women, new mums and young children
- Trauma sufferers
- Free health check: the nurse will weigh you and check your blood pressure and iron levels
- An hour of time to yourself: the chairs are comfortable and for 20 minutes a nurse will fuss over you, you can even have a quick kip
- Free milkshake and cookies. That’s right to ensure that your blood pressure doesn’t drop suddenly, causing you to pass out, the nurse will make you a milkshake and give you some cookies
- Join an exclusive club. They’ll even give you a card telling you your blood type
- The warm fuzzy feeling that you’re giving to your community without spending a dime
- Save a life every three months. You’ll finally be able to say that you are a superhero
- The relief that if you ever need any blood, at least you had the forethought to put some in the bank