It is day 10 and still going strong with all the kindness. Some of the acts take more planning than others. Some are more costly. Some don’t cost a thing, just some time, patience and two sticks of a needle.
A negative blood is what I was given from my parents. About six people out of 100 have my blood type, so the more often I can donate my blood the better. Blood donation can be done every 56 days by anyone over 100 pounds, 17 years old and free and clear of illness. Don’t worry, there is a whole checklist to make sure that you fall within the guidelines of donation. I haven’t been able to give since before the holidays. The effort was there after the first of the year, but with the iron levels in the tanks, they won’t let you do it. When taking on the challenge of acts of kindness, I decided to focus on foods higher in iron, not liver, yuck! As a result, the act of kindness was getting the opportunity to donate my blood in an effort to have it save a life somewhere down the line. I made it but just barely under the wire, needing a minimum iron level of 12.7. I slid in with 12.5, thank goodness.
It can be scary to donate. Many people don’t do it for fear of needles, catching a disease or just out of sheer lack of information where to go and how long it will take. From experience, when you schedule an appointment or go during an off time, you’re in and out faster than most oil change places. In your efforts to be a better person and help someone else, you are rewarded with many things. A relaxing chair to lay down and catch some TV or listen to a book, conversation with fellow donors and the comical staff, a nifty sticker telling everyone to treat you well today, an ice cold juice of your liking (or water if you prefer), cookies or assorted snacks (the only time I’m treated to crunchy Famous Amos Cookies, it’s worth it just for those!). Oh, and last but not least, you help save someone’s life! How can any of those things be wrong? Today was an extra special treat, someone was there making homemade pancakes and sausage as a thank you, all for taking less than an hour to make a difference.
You don’t have to take my word for it, check out the website for more information. Next time, I think I might take my platelets out for a spin.
"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."