Do you remember wanting to be a superhero and save a life or two ?
To fight the villians with your super powers ?
Well you can ...
Today I wanted to save a few lives ... but the blood bank was booked out (yay)- so I made an appointment for Tuesday. I wanted to share some information on what I value in my life donating blood. How we can all be heros (or she-ros*) and use our superpowers to donate blood or plasma.
So do something heroic today and give blood - take this quiz if you are Australian to find out if you are eligible.
how is your blood used ?
Other blood components including plasma and platelets are alsoMy Dad (RIP~2005) required many blood /platelet transfusions throughout his battle with Leukemia. There are so many products made from blood and plasma.One of them IVIG helps children with immune deficiencies like Ivy to stay well.
vital. Plasma is used in bleeding patients, for children and adults with immune
disorders, and to prevent some complications of pregnancy. Platelets are used to
manage bleeding in surgical patients and cancer, including leukaemia.
When you consider that blood components have a shelf life; up to five
days for platelets, 42 days for red cells and up to one year for plasma - its
easy to understand why the need for blood is constant
IVIG contains the pooled IgG immunoglobulins (antibodies) extracted from the plasma of over 300 blood donors.(read more on wikipedia)
When I go for the plasma donation Tuesday it will take a little longer but the red cells are returned and just the plasma is used instead. You can donate plasma more frequently 2-4 weeks. It can also be stored longer and is used to make more blood products.
Do you donate blood?
So what are you waiting for - won't you ' Drop some red' ...or if you don't qualify you can spread the word and encourage others who can.
I am very thankful for the Australian Red Cross Bood Service... though I 'd rather never to need it.
2009 is the Year of the Blood Donor and 2009 marks 80 years of blood services in Australia.It was National Blood Donors week till today ...better late than never.You can read more stories here
You are Superman
You are mild-mannered, good,
strong and you love to help others.
Click here to take the Superhero Personality Test
Ps This was a coincidence !
*Do you think woman could be called She-ros ?
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