Do something amazing, give blood!
Today, I was looking forward to donating blood for the first time as I registered to do so four weeks ago. I sat in the waiting area after reading my welcome pack and drank plenty of water.
Around 20 minutes later, I was called in to go through my questionnaire to check that everything was confirmed and it was safe for me to donate.
As soon as the consultant said, “I think I know the answer to this one but I just need to check with the nurse”, I knew something was wrong.
It did occur to me that during another question relating to my height and weight, he also wished to speak to the nurse. As far I’m aware, I am not overweight and I am definitely not underweight. I assumed my weight of around 54kg and being 5ft 4 inches was healthy, right?
However, this was not the problem. Unfortunately, due to having a blood transfusion when I was a baby (resulted from being 3 months premature), it was not possible to give blood. Therefore, I am unable to make any blood donations including bone marrow nor will I have the chance to do so in the future as I am permanently against the criteria.
All I wanted was to “do something amazing” – that being, returning the favour for the gift which I received to save my life. Without the blood transfusion, I would not be alive today. I was sad to hear that I could not do something as amazing as someone did for me, however, I realise that I can stay content with knowing that someone helped me.
There are thousands of people every day who donate their blood – anyone who can do it, really should consider it as you are saving lives and feeling better about yourself for making such a big difference.
So, it turns out my doctor was wrong to tell me that I would be allowed to, even though he was aware that I had a blood transfusion from being born. My mother has also had a blood transfusion, two in fact and I am glad we both have each other.
So again, for anyone who could save the lives of other people like someone did for my mum, and me why not become a part of such a wonderful gift?
Despite my situation, I am extremely proud of my boyfriend, Daniel who made his 10th donation this afternoon.
Also, I am happy knowing that I still have my fundraising event ahead and hopefully more in the future to raise money for premature babies and early deaths.