Essay on Why Donating Blood Is Important

1165 Words Apr 24th, 2012 5 Pages
Why Donating Blood Is Important

You are driving down the road with your significant other, on the way to a fantastic romantic dinner. The two of you are enjoying a wonderful conversation about your future together, and all that you have planned. There is a traffic light coming up, you are okay to go through, so you continue. However, the vehicle to the right of you does not obey his red light, and comes barreling right at your car. BAM! You blink, and you are covered in blood-losing it quickly from a large injury resulting from the collision. Now, you are in the hospital, and you must receive a blood transfusion, or you face death. Thankfully, your partner is able to donate for you. So much for the romantic dinner, right?
Now, imagine
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The fact is, every two seconds, someone in America needs blood-some patients need regular transfusions to survive... some are going through surgery, and some come in from accidents like the one used in the opening of this essay. You may be thinking, "If I donate, what do I get? It seems like a lot of blood to lose." Honestly, the human body carries an average of 10 to 12 pints of blood, and the pint you donate will replace itself within 24 hours. What you get out of the deal is the satisfaction of knowing that you are doing your part to help save lives... and free juice and cookies to help keep yourself sustained, should you become dizzy. Plus, there's the added bonus of no heavy lifting while you wear the bandage. Go ahead; wear it as long as you want!

Donating blood will also help you answer a question that many of us never think we should know the answer to... our own blood types. Referring once again to the scenario presented at the opening, you weren't incapacitated; so, you would have been able to say, "I know I am O+!" After your first donation, you will receive a card in the mail with your name and blood type to carry with your ID-and should you ever become incapacitated, the answer lies right there with whom you are! Your blood will also be tested for things like HIV, hepatitis, syphilis, and other factors that could harm others, should they receive your blood. You will be notified of

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