My Experience With Blood Donation

prakriti sapkota
Posted June 17, 2019 from Nepal
My first blood donation...

Blood is a fluid connective tissue that flows through closed system of veins and arteries in our body. It comprises of approx 7 to 8% body weight of human body. A normal healthy male contains 5 to 6 liters and female cotains 5to 6 liters of blood in the body. It consists of 2 basic components: blood plasma 55% and blood cells 45%. The major functions of blood in the body is to carry oxygen and nutrients, transport essential components, protect the body and help in blood clotting.

As being a medical student and as working in the hospitals for almost 7 years, I have known the importance of blood and blood donation much now. So I have been a regular donor now and have donated whole blood for 4 times upto now.

I was always curious about blood donation since my childhood. I used to see free blood donation camps often in the streets or public parks or local schools and used to watch curiously. Even during hospital visits for myself, I was curious about syringes and blood drawing. Growing up, I became more interested in social works and helping people at need. My mother was also interested in boood donation and wanted to do so. But she never got a chance or didnt actively seek for the opportunity. So I had in mind that I will donate blood when I will be eligible by age and other physical requirements.

After getting enrolled in Nursing school, I was always looking  for an opportunity to donate blood. But I never got a chance and I didn't actively seek for one too. But when I started to work in the NICU, I realised what a pint of bood can do. I realised the power of one pint of blood and how it can save life of a person. I saw the need of blood transfusion to the premature babies and even term babies and how could it save their life. I saw how baby's breathing improved and how the baby survived the illness by just blood transfusion. I saw the struggle of poor parents to search for whole blood and blood components in one and another blood banks and hospitals. I read news how a postpartum mother would die due to PPH who could have survived if she had blood transfused. I read various news regarding unavailability of blood in case of need and  emergency.

So I made my decision and had my first blood donation. I was really happy that my blood could save a mother, or a child ,or a trauma patient or anyone in need. It was difficult to assess my veins for donation and even now I get pricked on both hands sometimes because of small veins. But even I am really happy everytime I donate blood. It has been 4 times I already donated blood and I am looking forwars to donating many times.

Finally, to all those people who think blood donation is not good for own health, it is totally a myth. Nothing happens to the body from bood donation except for few adverse effects in some people. Blood cells keep on regenerating over few weeks  and blood plasma is replenished within 48 hrs of donation. And healthy male can donate every 3 monthly and female can donate in every 4 months.

Let's help those in need because we never know when we may have need for transfusion. Let's donate blood and save more lives.

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Raquel Daniel
Jun 18
Jun 18

Thank you for sharing your story!

prakriti sapkota
Jun 18
Jun 18

Thank u so much !!!

Jill Langhus
Jun 18
Jun 18

Hi Prakriti,

Thanks for sharing your inspiring, practical and informative post. I personally would do this if I didn't have a serious phobia about. I can totally see how this is an easy way to help others. Thank you for your contributions to help others, for being empathetic and also for giving this gift frequently to help others. You are making a difference, dear!

prakriti sapkota
Jun 18
Jun 18

Hello Jill,
I was curious too at the beginning.
But if everything is fit for donation, its just a small puncture and split pain. This is one of the best work a person.can do to help others

Jill Langhus
Jun 19
Jun 19

Hi there,

I mean I literally panic and start to faint if I don't lie down:-) It is a very selfless act, I agree.

Hope you're having a great day!

Beth Lacey
Jun 28
Jun 28

A great education for people who are nervous about donating

Hello, Prakriti,

Thank you for deciding to save a life. I haven’t tried donating blood yet because I was not qualified. They say I’m anemic.

During my cousin’s final days with lupus, he needed additional blood. I remember asking for donations here and there because it was needed right away. It was really a relief that there were compassionate people who went to donate. Unfortunately, lupus won, and we lost him.

But I’m grateful for that experience because it made me more appreciative to people like you. Once again, thank you for loving!

prakriti sapkota
Jul 12
Jul 12

Hello karen!!
It is very sad yo hear that.
Yes, i have seen many cases who have emergent need for blood transfusion. Last week also, my friend's uncle needed fresh blood for open heart surgery which was my blood type too. But i had recently donated so i couldn't donate then. I felt so bad for this.
Thank u for message.
Hoping to hearing from u soon.

Hello, dear sister Prakriti,

Asking for blood transfusion and in an emergency situation seems to be a common occurrence in hospitals.

Oh, that's sad. You have such a kind heart. Please don't feel bad. You already did your part. How is your friend's uncle doing now? I hope he feels better now.

My pleasure. :)

prakriti sapkota
Jul 13
Jul 13

Hello!!
Yes, he is recovering from his surgery and is doing well.
Thank u so much for ur kind concern.

That’s great to know. I hope he recovers completely. You’re welcome, dear.