I felt like I am still a human to the core yesterday. To me, what it stakes to be a bit of humanism remaining in the heart in these times, is to have a mindset for a selfless donation. I realized the same after having the first blood donation of my life.
I don’t know why I haven’t donated my blood before? May be I haven’t got any opportunities or as the saying goes, “There is always a first time”. And now I have crossed the barrier. How I feel? Really amazing. It feels like I have become part of a noble cause. As we know, blood could sometimes become a life saver. Based upon the today’s requirements, our blood banks are still not able to serve all the needs for blood. There is always shortage for rare groups of blood. It is not required to put up a lot of brain to understand why there is scarcity of something that is readily available.
In India, majority of population still have old thoughts regarding blood donation. Elders teach the kids that blood donation could make you weak and fragile. A little more educated families will say that at extreme times, like when a relative is in requirement of blood, the donation can be made. Many of these speculations are based on ignorance. so, as a ‘Bloggerville Donor’, I am citing some common faq’s regarding blood donation, There are mostly known ones and nothing new, but as a responsible citizen, I like to spread the message.
Q: Who is a healthy donor?
A: Any person within the age group of 18 – 60 years with a body weight as minimum 45 kgs, and having hemoglobin content as minimum 12.5 gm%.
Q: Does a donor need to do anything special before donation?
A: The donor should eat at regular mealtimes and drink plenty of fluids.
Q: How long does the donation take?
A: The procedure is done by skilled, specially trained technicians and takes three to eight minutes. However, from start to finish (filling form, post donation rest etc) the entire process should take upwards of 35 minutes.
Q: Does the needle hurt the entire time?
A: There may be a little sting when the needle is inserted, but there should be no pain during the donation.
Q: Does the donor suffer from any harmful effects after donating blood donation?
A: Absolutely not, rather a donor after having given blood voluntarily gets a feeling of great pleasure, peace and bliss. Soon, within a period of 24 – 48 hours, the same amount of new blood gets formed in the body, which helps the donor in many ways. His own body resistance improves, the circulation improves, and he himself feels healthier than before.
Q: Does a donor need to rest after donating blood?
A: Yes. The donor needs rest, preferably lying down, so that the amount of blood that has been donated soon gets poured into the circulation from the body pools in a natural way. The donor should take it easy for about 15 – 20 minutes.
Q: Can a donor work after donating blood?
A: Of course! Routine work is absolutely fine after the initial rest. Rigorous physical work should be avoided for a few hours.
Q: What special diet should a donor follow after giving blood?
A: After resting for a while a donor is given some liquid (fluid) to take. It may be a cup of coffee or milk or fruit juice alongwith a few biscuits or fruit. The donor needs no other special diet. A routine balanced diet is adequate. The donor’s blood gets replenished within 24 – 48 hours.
Q: How long will it take for the body to replenish the blood?
A: The body replaces blood volume or plasma within 24 hours. Red cells need about four to eight weeks for complete replacement.
Q: How frequently a donor can donate blood?
A: Three months time between donations is a very safe interval.
Q: Do any diseases debar a donor from giving blood?
A: Yes, if the donor has suffered from any of the under-mentioned diseases: –
- Fever: He should not have suffered from fever for the past 15 days.
- Jaundice: A donor should not have his blood tested positive for AUSTRALIA ANTIGEN.
- Blood transmitted diseases: Like Syphilis, Malaria, Filaria etc. debar a donor from donating blood till he is treated and is free from them.
- Drugs: If a donor is taking drugs like Aspirin, anti-hypertensive, anti-diabetics, hormones, corticosteroids etc., he is unfit to donate blood.
- AIDS. No person having HIV positive can be allowed to donate blood.
Q: Are there any other benefits of blood donation?
A: Yes, blood donation is a noble, selfless service! It gives the donor a feeling of joy and contentment. Also this is an expression of love for Mankind, as blood knows no caste, colour, creed, religion or race, country, continent or sex.