Ever donated blood?? How it feels ? If you are going to ask this me today, as my maiden blood donation this very day. I’ll probably say it feels some 400-500gm light. HAHAHAHA
Not funny but lets discuss some real facts about donating blood. So we should find out some real things about the benefits of donating blood or disadvantages. How it can help our body. Who all can donate? What are the procedures? What notions you have before donating blood and after donating blood? If you would do it again?? Or You will avoid.
Notions of Blood Donating
Some people who want to donate blood like me ever since they came to know the concept of donate blood save life and similar taglines. They feel socially motivated, thinks to donate blood. But mostly we end up not donating. We are theoretical towards it but not practical and trust me I felt the same like today.
You have fear, I have fear for the needles. So was it today until I made myself determined to donate. Well I had quite many opportunities to donate, be it donation camps or voluntarily doing, but somehow I was reluctant to do so as I mentioned the fears. But this fine day I decided, I got a call from my senior, and his friends relative needed blood which is not old but freshly taken out for less than 24 hours. So I went and the staff who was present did formalities of names adresss etc.
After that took sample and after 10-15 minutes, I was on the recliner donating blood. I felt worried but it was hard to press the softball but after 6-10 minutes I have given a unit blood. He then took it out sealed. Stick bandage on my left hand where he put the niddle blood. Gave apy a small appy and I moved back home.
Lets Talk about some benefits of Donating Blood
Donating blood can benefit you emotionally and physically like,
-improve your emotional well-being
-benefit your physical health
-help get rid of negative feelings
-provide a sense of belonging and reduce isolation
Lower Risk of Heart Disease, blood donation may lower the risk of heart disease and heart attack. This is because it reduces the blood’s viscosity.
A 2013 study found that regular blood donation significantly lowered the mean total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, protecting against cardiovascular disease. Researchers note this is consistent with findings in other studies which found that blood donors had a lower risk of heart disease and heart attack. Donating blood regularly may also lower iron stores. This may reduce the risk of heart attack. High body iron stores are believed to increase the risk of heart attack.
Lower Risk of Cancer, A study found small decrease in regular blood donors, of cancers including iron. These included cancers that are linked to high iron levels, including cancer of the:
However there are no disadvantages of donating blood but it must be noted there might be some nauseous, lightheaded, or dizzy after donating blood which is momentarily for 5-10 minutes. So not a big deal. However if you still feel for longer consult doctor or blood donating staff.
Procedures of Donation of Blood
It’s not rocket science but still you should be knowing, they will call you for talking your blood sample, once they find that, pulse blood pressure body temperature hemoglobin levels are fine they will check for hepatitis B hepatitis C HIV West Nile virus syphilis Trypanosoma cruzi. etc.
Once they confirm from test about your blood, they will make you sit on recliner chair and will take 1 unit of blood.
After Donation of Blood
You don’t need to do any strenuous exercise or lifting heavy items after you have donated blood. Rest you can do whatever you feel-like. So chill.
Hope after reading this you’ll be going to donate blood.