Be Impulsive: Give Blood Save a Life

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Be Impulsive: Give Blood Save a Life

August 12, 2017 Bicycle News 0

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Give Blood Save a Life

Before doing this sponsored post for the Inland Northwest Blood Center I wanted to actually go in and give blood. It isn’t something I have done before, so I was excited and apprehensive all at the same time.

Unfortunately, because of smoky conditions here, I have been using Flonase daily. Because it can cause lower blood cell counts it is not recommended that a person give blood while using it. When I am able to be off of it for an extended period of time I will try again.

Can I Ride My Bicycle?

I want to see how it affects me as I would really like to know if I could ride my bicycle there and then home afterward. All the literature says not to exercise within 24 hours of giving blood, but if you ride slowly it doesn’t take a lot of effort. I suppose you would still have to worry about lightheadedness. No one wants to have a bicycle crash when they could have avoided it. What a story that would be, gave blood and then needed blood!

Regardless of my current ability to give blood, I want to encourage anyone out there to “Be Impulsive” and give blood today! There are so many reasons that you should…

Why You Should Donate Today

• Every 2 seconds someone in the U.S. needs a transfusion of donated blood.

• One in 7 people entering the hospital needs a blood transfusion.

• One whole blood donation has the potential to help up to three patients.

• Blood can be donated every 56 days, up to six times a year.

• In addition to donating blood, you can also donate platelets, which help treat cancer and other patients. They only have a shelf life of five days, so platelet donations are always needed.

• In addition to donating blood, you can also donate plasma, which has the same life-saving effect and is in even greater need. Plasma contains important proteins and nutrients which help treat severe burns, traumas, blood clotting disorders, organ transplants and premature infants.

• A common misunderstanding about blood usage is those accident victims are the patients who use the most blood. Actually, people who receive the most blood include those:

  • being treated for cancer
  • undergoing orthopedic surgeries
  • undergoing organ and marrow transplants
  • undergoing cardiovascular surgeries
  • being treated for inherited blood disorders

• Major disasters don’t usually require large amounts of blood. In most cases, hospitals rely on the blood that is already on their shelves to save lives. You can help blood centers be at the ready by making sure blood is available before it’s needed.

Are you ready? You can find out more reasons to give and how you can become involved here: Be Impulsive RSVP https://goo.gl/w5o1CU

Don’t forget when posting to social media about your own donations use the hashtag #BeImpulsive. Also, keep an eye out on this blog too, for the day I am able to donate. I let you know if riding a bicycle was an option or not.