So I successfully donated blood today! Because of my donation, up to 3 people’s lives have been saved. Yeah, buddy. In October, I was officially diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, so between a lack of nutrients (affecting my iron levels), a bunch of medications, and straight up feeling like poo a lot, I have not donated blood in over 8 months.
Now you may be wondering why I’m so pumped. A little insight:
- I was a regular, donating blood about every 3 months for over a year
- Last time I donated, which was in July, I passed out
- I have been turned away 4ish times due to low iron levels
So yes, I am happy they sucked a pint/pound of that red gooey stuff out of me. I mean, for one thing, you get free water/juice and a snack after you donate. ELF Fudge cookies, anyone? But also, being a poor college student, I can’t afford to donate wads of money to charities. But I have blood (O negative, no less) that someone can use. I’d like to think that if I ever needed blood, I could either be given my own blood (kind of weird, huh?) or another O- donor could save my life.
So for all of you reading out there, you may one day need blood. Without donors, you might not get it. Return the favor, donate blood!
March is Red Cross Month, so go to redcross.org and find a donation location near you!