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The Benefits of Giving Blood

Friday, November 08, 2013

I gave blood yesterday. I've been doing this since I was a senior in High School.

Lol. I remember my Mother finding out I'd given blood the first time. It wasn't a secret... I told her. She discarded any plans she'd had for our dinner and served us liver instead. (UGH!)

I've been at it so long now that I've donated 17.5 gallons as of yesterday. That's 140 pints.

It all started out as a way I could give back to my community. As a student I didn't feel I was contributing much, and this was a way I could help that didn't cost money I didn't have.

Later, as a young mother, it was a bit of "me" time as well as way to help others. We didn't live in Portland then, so I could only donate during blood drives about 4 times a year. My husband called me (still does!) a reverse vampire.

In the past few years, I've seen both of my parents need repeated blood transfusions, and I have been so grateful that the blood supply was there to help them. I want to help make sure that the supply is there for others in need.

Part of the pre-donation process is a blood pressure check. I've always had good blood pressure...even when I was heavy. Yesterday the woman working with me took my blood pressure and mentioned that I was low (96/66). She asked if I was on medication for high blood pressure. When I said no, she said "then you must exercise a lot." She asked if that was so that I could eat anything I wanted. She was surprised to hear that I had been 35 pounds heavier and need to exercise to maintain that weight loss. Eating anything I want is not a choice I get to have.

Non Scale Victory!! It was nice to be admired for doing something that helps ME! I got to tell her about Sparkpeople after she told me about her sister who had paid for diet food and then gained all the weight back when she stopped using it.

Another, very short term, benefit of giving blood is that I weigh almost a pound less today than yesterday. And I've been drinking a lot of water to aid in the replacement of those blood cells. This is really a very satisfying type of community service. I recommend it!
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ISHIIGIRL 11/9/2013 8:18AM

    Giving back and a NSV. Way to go!

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KANOE10 11/9/2013 7:55AM

    That is a lovely gift..plus going down a pound is nice. LOL. How nice to have people notice your loss and to spread the Spark. I am like you. I have to exercise to keep the maintained weight.

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TRAVELGRRL 11/9/2013 7:52AM

    I'm sorry -- I found out yesterday my subscription to your blog had been dropped for some reason!

Way to go on giving blood. I do it regularly too; I'm a universal donor so they like my blood! emoticon

Wow, great BP and NSV! It's important that we losers dispell the myth that all people of normal weight can "eat anything they want." I think MOST thin people naturally restrict what they eat, even if they don't realize it. (at least this is my observation.)

You are doing so well, and I am looking forward to joining you at goal! I'm only a few pounds away!!!!!

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RENEEAQUA 11/9/2013 1:01AM

    i would love to donate but usually im anemic because im also a vegetarian, plus im under 110lbs(105) my goal was 110 so that i can donate but i can't seem to get over 108 now that im finally at 110 or under.

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WATERMELLEN 11/8/2013 7:35PM

    I've needed blood transfusions several times and am so grateful to people who give blood. I gave myself regularly for many many years and so did my DH. However my iron count is chronically low (I eat very little meat) and post radiation treatment I was refused more times than accepted . . . so haven't given for awhile.

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ILOVEMALI 11/8/2013 1:17PM

  this is such a wonderful gift

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