Sunday, September 28, 2008

Saving lives one drop at a time...


I gave blood yesterday. Despite years of fears relating primarily to needles, I decided that the time had come to at least try to give.

In preparation for the Relief Society Broadcast last night, our stake planned a two-hour segment dedicated to various service projects- humanitarian kits, quilts, wooden blocks, coloring pages/activities...and donating blood. We had a mobile unit hanging out in the church parking lot, taking as many willing donors as they could. Now every so often, especially since 9/11, I have thought that I really should overcome my fear of needles and of giving blood and help out by donating a pint. However, I would often use the fact that once-upon-a-time I was anemic as an excuse to avoid it. So, despite a desire to try and do some good, it somehow had never happened. Until now.

For the several of you who still have the same fear of needles as I do, I won't go into details except to say that it really wasn't as bad as I was afraid it was going to be. I survived. I didn't even get woozy. I was so proud of myself. I had overcome my fear and succeeded in doing something good. I wish they had had stickers for first-time donors like me, something that could tell the world that we decided to take some action and help others in need. Alas. Thus it is that I am sharing my pride with the world via this blog. For all who care, I have finally donated blood. And while I don't think I'm ready to do it every two months like some people, now that I know that I can make it through the process, I will gladly donate again.

Here's to life!

3 comments:

Jeanne, the mom and grandmom said...

Hooray for you! My little Leesie is growing up (sniff)

Steven said...

I still don't go to give blood after I tried at the church once and they started taking blood only to realize later that they didn't really have a good tap. So I was done. I could do it (fear of needles and queasiness isn't an issue), but I'm just lazy. Kudos to you!

Sarah Lambson said...

I need to try and give blood again. But I never know if it will work or not with my low iron. I hate standing in line only to discover that they cant accept my blood...

But thats awesome. Now we just need to get Kirsti on the boat.