Wednesday, July 1, 2009

For my sayangzz who afraid of the needles

The Princes donated~♥

This post made is due to my concern on how many sayangzz out there told me about their fear of pain during donating the blood. Some ask if they could attend the E.L.F. Blood Donation Drive without donating. Why, of course you can honey. But wouldn't it sounds a know? ^^;

Since I've donated once at college after several encouragement I get from my roomates, so I think it's my turn to persuade you by sharing some tips to overcome the fear. I always love when it comes to 'How To', I found various Korean recipes here too ^^ but right now lets focus on overcoming the fear of donating blood :D

These useful stuffies are cutted from here

The donor procedure is simple:

  • First, you want to register and answer a series of questions concerning your medical history.
  • Second, you will take a health examination and your pulse, blood pressure, temperature and iron level will be measured.
  • When you donate, you will feel a little pain from the prick of the needle ^^. The donation process will take 10-15 minutes.
  • After donating, you will relax for a minute while you are being served cookies and juice.

Advice for first-time donors:

Anxiety and fears are normal. Many people are afraid of donating blood. Once you have donated, you will overcome your fears. Asking questions helps to relax. Visualize this experience as an opportunity to help at least three people who are ill.
Before donating, you should know…

What is the first step?

You will need to give basic information such as your name, address, age, etc. You will also be asked about your medical history and then a drop of your blood will be analyzed for iron level. Your pulse, blood pressure and temperature will also be checked.

How long does blood donation take?
The duration is 10-15 minutes, not including the time you will need to relax. The total process will take about 35 to 45 minutes.

How will I feel after donating blood?
The majority of people feel fine, especially donors who have eaten a regular meal before donating. When you are done, drink lots of liquids within the next 24 hours.

Can I donate during my menstrual period?
Yes, if you feel fine.

How soon can I play sports?
Avoid muscle exercises, rough movements and heavy activities such as weight lifting or picking up objects the first 4-5 hours after the donation.

What is the waiting period from one blood donation to the next?
The waiting period to donate blood is 56 days (you can donate up to 6 times per year).

Are there any possibilities of contracting the HIV virus or other infections?
No. All of the materials used for the collection of blood are new and have never been used before. All of the materials are thrown away immediately after they are used.

***About 4,000,000 persons will need blood this year, which corresponds to one person every 12 seconds***

In donating blood, you are converted into a hero in many ways.

  • Your donation can save the lives of up to 3 patients. These patients can have cancer, be victims of accidents, be in need of organ transplants or have chronic illnesses.
  • Sometimes blood can be utilized to replace lost blood from people in life or death situations.
  • Plasma, the yellow liquid portion of the blood, reduces bleeding through coagulation factors.
  • The platelets that also assist in the coagulation are fragile cells that are needed by patients with leukemia and other cancers. These platelets should be transfused within the first five days after the donation.
  • The red cells help to treat anemia and increases the blood's ability to transport oxygen during surgical procedures.

How is blood used?

Your pint of blood has the possibility of saving lives. This is how it works:

  1. Red cells are used during surgery or after an accident to replace the blood volume and maintain the oxygen flow in all the cells of the body.
  2. Plasma can be given to victims from burns and accidents to increase intravascular volume. Derivatives of plasma are used for the treatment of hemophilia and other blood diseases.
  3. Platelet transfusions are frequently utilized to replace platelets destroyed during chemotherapy for treatment of leukemia and other forms of cancer.
So honeys? How do you think this should help you? ^^ I hope it helps you to overcome the fear a bit. More over, we should know just how many lives could we help out with that blood. Maybe a little kid who undergone surgery, maybe a victim in accidents, lots more. Think of their enormous pain and compares the tinee-tiny pain we goes to help them.

You can do it! It's all in the mind!! Will see you there soon ^^


p/s: I'm addicted to Martha Stewart~ wheeee~


me said...

make sure a get enough sleep a nite b4. so u will not feel dizzy afterward.

i'm nervous as the last time i donated was like 2 years ago..

Miss Healerzz said...

LOL! You reminds me to my friend who drinks frosty juice before donating only to found out her BLOOD WON'T FLOW afterwards!!! LMAO!!

She had to wait like 2 hours with some hot drinks, hahahah~

so NO COLD FOODS AND DRINKS before donating! XD

me said...

really? my blood always too slow to full the bag. myb because i love to have cold drinks.

thanks! myb after this my blood will flow faster ^^

Miss Healerzz said...

omo~ sounds scary~ blood running faster XD but yeah, let's do this together~ see you there ;)