Saturday, March 15, 2008

Blood Donation Camp.



My college organized a blood donation camp today, and yours truly was also a donor. This is the second time i'm donating blood at college, but this time the procedure was a lot more painful, i think the lady got the needle position wrong or something. For someone like me, who gets scared shitless when it comes to needles and injections ( as far as i can remember i've had less than 5 injections my whole life), blood donation is a big thing( for me).

I remember reading an article about how 'we all' assume there are enough blood donors and they themselves don't see the need to donate blood. But the actual situation is different, there is a lot of blood shortage even now as we speak, and hospitals are constantly looking for more donors.

A few facts bout' blood donation...

Donating blood will not leave you low of blood; the regeneration process is fast and in fact you will still have surplus blood after you donate. You will not faint or feel uncomfortable after donating blood. This is just a misconception.

The blood you donate can be separated into several components, including red blood cells, plasma and platelets and be used separately for different purposes.

Patients are just like donors - most of them have common blood types. Because your blood type is common, the demand for that type is greater than for rare types. So, even if your blood type is common there is still a requirement.

Every year our nation requires about 4 Crore units of blood, out of which only a meager 40 Lakh units of blood are available. ( i'm not sure bout' the figures ^^ here, but i'm sure there is a shortage)


I could write more, but i need to get back to Episode 15 of CSI Season 1.

So thats pretty much all .. And ...



Cheers

4 ADDITIONAL THOUGHTS:

Venkat said...

It was not the wrong position of the needle or something da...It was because she pushed the needle very hard...Everyone complained of pain when they donated to GH team alone...

VIJAY a.k.a VJ said...

Me donated once,it was the last time in our college,but,this time i didn't feel like giving.
I will make sure i am donating frequently hereafters...

Yayathy said...

Hey`I`donated`to`Jeevan`blood`bank.
Even`there`the`pain`was`unbearable..............

skip said...

I heard donate blood is good for our health. Too bad I just cant. Low blood pressure.

 
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