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I Am A Blood Donor

Ellen Levitt

Posted on January 14, 2019 21:45

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I have been donating blood for 36 years, and I encourage people to donate or to volunteer their time at blood drives. This is a very important good deed you can do.

On Sunday I donated blood at the annual blood drive held in my local synagogue. I don't mention this merely to brag (okay, a little bit), but primarily to encourage people to donate blood, or platelets, or to at least help out at a blood drive. 

I'm 54 now, and first donated blood when I was an 18 year old, first-year student at college. I gave, and found out my blood type (A+, Antigen 96) and also found out that it was not too difficult to do. Except for the years when I was pregnant and could not donate, I have given blood each year either three, four or five times. 

There are "fun" aspects of donating blood: I've been given donor swag (T-shirts, towels, sweatshirts, lunch bags, meal vouchers, baseball game tickets, etc.). There are "community" aspects of donating: I chat with friends at neighborhood drives, and when I donate at Maimonides Hospital in Brooklyn, I chat with the staff (I've been donating there occasionally since the late 1980s). There are "mentoring" aspects as well: I've donated at high schools where I taught, and at my alma mater, Edward R. Murrow High School.

And like many modern media savvy individuals, I post blood donor selfies. Call it the Power of the Arm.

Most times the donations were of minimal effort to me; I did have to fit them into my busy schedule and travel to the sites, but most locations were not far from me. Sometimes I felt a bit weaker later that day or the next day, but I've learned to be mindful of that (going to sleep earlier, increasing my intake of fluids, avoiding heavy lifting for a day or so). I'd say that there were two or three occasions that caused me more trouble, such as when the technician or nurse managed to hurt my arm (bruising).

But for the most part I have found donating to be a relatively easy way for me to contribute to the betterment of society. I don't say this flippantly; there are many people out there who need blood when they are hospitalized, and they need my blood or your blood or someone else's blood.

Each person, in his or her own way, no matter what their age, economic status, political leaning, musical tastes, and so on, can and should do some kind of volunteer work during each year. There are many ways to help out people, the environment, shelter animals, or others, and we should. We ought to encourage each other to help society. And one of the ways in which I try to help, is to donate blood and to encourage others to do so as well.

If you have questions about donating blood, check this link.

if you want to learn the benefits of donating blood, read here.

If you want to find out where to donate in New York, see this.

Please join me. Proudly wear the T-shirt.

 

 

Ellen Levitt

Posted on January 14, 2019 21:45

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Title: Blood Banks Need January Donors Category: Health News Created: 1/9/2018 12:00:00 AM Last Editorial Review: 1/9/2018...

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