I AM A DONOR. WILL YOU BECOME A DONOR?
BY ILYA LOBOV | DECEMBER 06, 2019
A person makes a responsible choice and follows it. From this moment a new stage of life begins. A month ago I began to think about donating blood. On the day of the eighteenth birthday I decided: I will be a blood donor. I have many donors among my acquaintances and friends. My family reacted with understanding and support of my conscious choice. They not only supported me, but also motivated me. They gave me examples of emergency situations in which my blood can save a human life:
— a person was injured in an accident;
— a woman is preparing for childbirth with caesarean section;
— victims of disasters;
— a patient before an organ transplant operation;
— a person with a blood disease;
— a patient with a diagnosis of infectious sepsis.
Having made a choice, I decided to study the Internet websites devoted to the topic of blood donation and found out that on average three donors are needed for one patient. According to WHO statistics, approximately every third inhabitant of the planet needs a blood transfusion during his life.
My choice was made consciously. Today I began to put in practice the choice I made. My first donation experience was a success. It was not scary and not dangerous. After examining and talking with the doctor, I donated blood for analysis, and then after confirming my (previously reported) blood type, I proceeded to a special office behind three glass doors, where there were comfortable adjustable medical chairs. When I was nearby, they printed out a disposable blood sampling system. Two people (including me) gave their blood. There was a medical worker on duty nearby who made necessary adjustments to our seats — the worker was interested in our well-being. After donating blood, I restored the state of my body for several minutes. When I felt rested, I carefully stood up and left the office.
After the donation is time for recovery. In two months, I will again appear at the Blood Transfusion Station. When asked whether I am here to give blood, I will say aloud: “Yes!” And this will be the most accurate word to describe the purpose of my visit: to let my small contribution to the common cause help people.