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Mother-Son Bonding Experience

Monday, August 12, 2013





It's so hard to believe that it's been 28 years since my son, Charles, was born by emergency C-section for fetal distress. Time has flown by. He is now a responsible man with a wife of five years.

Today after I cooked him lunch, we went to donate blood together. This is the second time we've done that. We call it a "mother-son bonding experience" in addition to doing a good deed. During the summer, especially, the local blood bank is short on blood and they really appreciated us giving a pint of red blood cells. My blood especially because I'm O negative, which is the universal donor, and I was informed that they only had a two day supply of that type. Both my son and I are CMV (cytomegalovirus) negative which is unusual.

For donating twice this summer, we were each given a free steak dinner at Outback SteakHouse. When we go for that dinner, it will be our next "mother-son" bonding experience. I'm really looking forward to it.

Today Charles got light-headed with blurry vision after donating. They said his blood pressure was only 105/50 which is very low. He was close to passing out. The "girls" were very professional and competent and they did everything right - elevating his feet, ice bag on the back of his neck, fluids, etc. He rested for a half-hour and then we were good to go. I got a little worried, but I was sure he would be okay. We were able to stop at WalMart on the way home to pick up a few things and he's fine now.

My exercise instructor was surprised that my son and I were going to go donate blood together for something to share. She thought we would go out for a drink. But my son doesn't drink - and I don't drink in front of him. I'm proud of him that he abstains. He saw his uncle die of liver failure from alcoholism and vowed as a teenager that he wouldn't drink. He's a big guy - 300 pounds - and should lose 100 pounds but I haven't been able to convince him to try SparkPeople yet. Maybe by my example he'll try to shed a few pounds. He makes pizza five nights a week and eats at work so that doesn't help.

I'm really proud of my son - no matter what weight. He's become a really good man. He attends church every Sunday and drives the truck for their "food distribution program". We did our "good deed" for the day - too bad it was a little stressful - but I felt good about ourselves. We helped to save a life.

If you're qualified to donate - please Give Blood. There is no substitute. And you could help to save a life
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JUST_BRENDA 8/13/2013 8:50AM

    What a great idea to do as mother-son!
Here in Canada, you don't get anything for donating blood except for a few cookies to bring your blood sugar back up.
My husband and I, when were dating more than 20 years ago, gave blood together. I believe I had an experience like your son, maybe a little worse. Even though I had eaten that day, I was passing out in the reclined chair as the nurse fanned me and a crowd of people gathered.
It took me 15 years to get up my nerve to donate again, and I was turned away. Apparently, I'm now on a blacklist where they will never let me donate again.

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DJ4HEALTH 8/12/2013 9:20PM

    My husband probely got your blood or plasma since he had to get cnv free blood work, he was going through chemo and could not get any blood that had that in them, unfortunely he passed from the chemo that was suppose to help him,. I can't give blood because we were overseas and they don't allow us to give blood if you were overseas during the 80's. I don't even think I can donate my organs since I have SLE.

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CAPECODBABE 8/12/2013 9:12PM

    Thanks for the reminder. I give blood several times a year.

I'm not sure what CMV negative means?

Giving blood is a great bonding experience. Enjoy your meal together!

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CAROL_31649731 8/12/2013 8:35PM

    You've been blessed with a wonderful son! He sounds marvelous!!! (I have a son like that, too . . . and I feel very blessed as well). What a special way to bond . . . emoticon

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USMAWIFE 8/12/2013 8:26PM

    what a wonderful way to celebrate the day you gave life to your son

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