Are you a blood donor? If not, you should consider it! I used to be afraid to give blood. Now I donate every chance I get. I hate needles and every time I donate blood, the nurse has to stick my arm multiple times because my veins are small and slippery. It's not fun. But I still do it.
Here's why. About 20 years ago, my daughter had to have open heart surgery to correct a birth defect in her heart. The doctors at Texas Children's Hospital told us she probably wouldn't need any blood, but that to be on the safe side we could store some up if we wanted to. We needed to find six donors with O-Positive blood type. Parents can't donate to their children unless the blood goes through a special radiation process, so we had to search outside the family. I asked a few close friends if they would donate, and was surprised to hear so many excuses.
"I would pass out." "I'm afraid of needles." "I'm anemic."
Excuses, excuses. My five-year-old daughter was about to have open heart surgery and she was facing it with great bravery...and these wimpy adults are afraid to donate blood! Hmmmmft!
We finally found our six donors (and some to spare), and our daughter made it through the surgery just fine without requiring any blood. Since then, I try not to miss an opportunity to donate blood or to encourage others to do so. Every blood donation can help save up to three lives. You can donate about once every 60 days, which means you could possibly help save 18 lives a year!
If you live in the Houston area, you can contact the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center at 1-888-482-5663 to find a donation location near you. Or, you can visit their website at http://www.giveblood.org for more information.
So, think about it! Be a life saver!
Rose King - Your Pearland and Friendswood Texas Realtor