sarabynoeIn light of all the garbage that's going on in the world I made a list of positive things I could do to help my community. (I know I am not alone thinking this way. I'd love to hear what positive actions you're taking to make things better.) Today I did one thing on that list. I donated blood.
I have been rejected from Canadian blood services at least twice before: for having a piercing and for not knowing the sexual history of everyone I've slept with. Today I successfully donated a full pint of blood in under six minutes. I hope that it can be used to help someone in need.
I am aware there are many people I know and love who are not eligible to donate because of the discriminatory rules currently in place. I realize they may sell my blood for reasons I will not be made aware of. I am aware there are controversial, shitty and somewhat confusing practices (like how they can't accept from people that lived in the U.K. during the mad cow scare- even though they are vegetarians) in the blood donation services. I reached out to a doctor friend of mine to see what her thoughts were. She said the people who need blood cannot go anywhere else to get it; they rely on donations. If one is able to donate it is appreciated by doctors, nurses, and most importantly patients who receive it. She also informed me that the rules against allowing men who have sex with men to donate is under review and will be overturned. Progress is slow.
As the IV was in my arm the funeral for three of the victims of the shooting in the Quebec mosque was on the TV. I couldn't help but cry. Muslims lost their lives because a young man was inspired by hate he read about online and he was likely emboldened by the hatred he saw rising up in the western world.
My sticker says "Be nice to me! I donated blood today." I want you to be nice to yourself, these are difficult times. Be nice to others, always. We all bleed red.
- hahnsyI love you, Sara. So much. My stepdad had to have plasma transfusions every day for a long time, as well as a bone marrow transplant - it was an awful and complicated process, and after a few years of illness we did lose him before his time, but without all the donors he would not have survived those last few years, and our family is grateful for the extra time. ❤
- jolinesequeira🙌🏾 preach it girl! Love your post and I am a donator too! Will be doing one soon!
- stephsbootsWhat a bloody babe 😏 Another action to consider is signing up to be a bone marrow donor. Unlike blood donation, marrow donation is as-needed and only occurs if a match comes up. And everyone has this horrifying image of what marrow donation is and imagines it's horribly painful- ITS NOT. It's a quick and painless procedure and many say it's less cumbersome than blood donation. So suck it, haters. A quick Google will tell you all you need to know to sign up! Thanks for this Sara!
- sarabynoe@stephsboots thanks for this info! I'll look into it!
- stephensharer👏👏👏 👏 .....
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