My youngest sister was born on December 22 when I was 12 years old. My mother had the RH factor and my sister was taken 6 weeks early by c-section. She needed 2 complete blood transfusions and my mother lost a lot of blood. I don't know how many units they used, but the hospital was low on blood so they told my father tat he needed to find people who would replace the units used. I remember him coming home after spending the day at the hospital, sending us kids to bed and then he would start calling friend asking them to go donate blood for him.
My next to last sister also had a complete blood transfusion when she was born. If not for someone's donations I would have lost my mother and 2 of my sister. My 4 nieces and 2 nephews would have never been born, so I am grateful for those who saved my family members
When I turned 18 I couldn't wait to be able to donate. It took me a long time to be able to donate. First couple times I didn't weigh enough (can you believe that, LOL) Then for years my blood pressure was to low. Now I donate platelets every another week with my husband. It's something we enjoy doing together and we feel good about doing.
Spent Friday night and part of yesterday with my "extra" mom (BF's mom) in the hospital. She has pneumonia and, due to the breast cancer and the treatments for it, he white blood cells may or may not be able to fight it off so they've got her in the hospital. They gave her a transfusion Friday night. Early Saturday morning, her blood pressure dropped too low and they had to put her feet above her head and detach the transfusion (in case she was reacting to it). They took several vials and were testing to see if it was, in fact a reaction to the blood. If not, they'd like to give her more.
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My son had surgery at 6 months of age to reconstruct his skull and eye orbits and allow room for his brain to grow. He ended up using 2 units of blood out of the 3 that were donated by friends and family. Unfortunately, I am A+ while my son is O+, so I could not help him. Instead, I now donate regularly to give back to the system.
Hi Krista. My name is Shari. Thank you so much for creating this team so that we can spread the word about the importance of donation. I have received countless units of blood due to various surgeries etc. that I've had over the years, and I'm continually grateful to people such as yourself who choose to make a difference in this world through donation.
I have also received a kidney transplant from an unknown donor. I just celebrated my 3rd anniversary, and the doctors say everything is doing well! Good luck with everything you endeavor to achieve, and have a wonderful day.
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