How To Help Blood Drives If You Can't Give Blood

I Have Donated A Gallon Of Blood, And Hope To Continue To Give Gallons More

Not everyone is eligible to give blood, but everyone can help make a blood drive successful.

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I started giving blood my freshman year of college. I was honestly terrified my first time, and somewhat still am to this day. I still cannot watch them insert the needle into my arm and often find myself speaking Spanish to take my mind off of it. However, once everything is good to go, it all ends so fast.

The eight times I have donated, I never have had a terrible experience. The phlebotomist I have dealt with have always made sure I was comfortable during the whole procedure. Constantly checking up on me, making sure I was not going to faint. Many will talk you through each and every step if you need them too.

I have always donated blood on my college campus. Throughout the year, different organizations set up blood drives, and if I am able to, I always sign up. Out of the 37% of people that are eligible to donate blood, only about 10% actually donate. I am proud to be a part of that 10%, but I really do with the percentage was higher. My first thought is that if I am in a situation where I need a blood transfusion to save my life, I would hope that someone compatible donated and it was on hand at the hospital I am at.

Blood cannot be readily given to just anyone. Most people can only receive a certain type of blood.

Those with O- blood are considered the universal donor, this is because their blood type is able to be accepted by any person. However, they can only receive blood from those with O- blood. Whereas those with AB+ are only able to donate blood to AB+ but can receive blood from anyone. They are known as the universal recipient. This is due to the antigens found on the red blood cells.

Type A blood has A antigens, type B blood has B antigens, type AB has both A and B antigens and type O blood does not have any antigens. These antigens interact with the antibodies found within the plasma. Generally, the antibodies are opposite to the antigens found on the blood cell. If someone receives an incompatible blood type, the antibodies and the body itself will essentially attack those blood cells and eventually cause damage to that person. It is also important to know the "+" and "-" portion of blood typing. This is determined by the RhD gene. Those with Rh-positive blood can receive blood from those with Rh-positive or Rh-negative blood. Those with Rh-negative blood can only receive Rh-negative blood. If someone with Rh-negative blood receives blood that is Rh-positive, it can cause their blood to clot and if they are a woman who can bare a child, it could harm the baby.

Not everyone is able to donate blood though. There is an extensive list of what can prevent you from donating, from being sick on the day of donation to have traveled to specific countries within a certain time period. The most common reason that people experience the day they plan to donate is low levels of hemoglobin. This is a protein that helps the blood bind to oxygen to carry it around the body. It has a central iron atom that is very important during this process. One way to ensure that your hemoglobin levels will be in the correct range is to eat iron-rich food before donating blood.

If you know you are unable to donate blood, it is not the end all. Look into helping out at local blood drives. Volunteer to pass out water and foods to those donating and keep the waiting line in check. Plan a local blood drive throughout the years by yourself or with an organization. Educate those on why you should donate blood if you are eligible.

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These Are 4 Proven Ways That Vaccines Cause Autism

Stock up on those essential oils.

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Let's just start with the first (and main) point.

1. They don't.

Susan in your anti-vax group is not a scholarly source (despite her hours and hours of Google research).

2. But in case you still believe Susan...

Maybe you'll believe Autism Speaks who says, "Scientists have conducted extensive research over the last two decades to determine whether there is any link between childhood vaccinations and autism. The results of this research is clear: Vaccines do not cause autism."

3. And if Autism Speaks still didn't convince you...

Feel free to take a look at this comprehensive list of studies that all say that there is no relationship between vaccines such as the MMR vaccination and the development of autism.

4. But here's what you should know...

There have been a few studies lately that have shown that autism develops in utero aka before a baby is even born AND before a baby can even receive vaccinations.

Vaccinations have prevented COUNTLESS deaths and illnesses. Vaccination rates are continuing to fall and do you know what that means? Measles will make its way back. Whooping cough will come back. Rubella, mumps, and polio will come back and there will be no way to stop it.

So, now that you know that vaccines do not cause autism, you're welcome to go tell Susan from your anti-vax group that as well as tell her that the Earth isn't flat. But, don't forget to mention it to her that her essential oils and organic foods are not keeping her children safe from the measles or tuberculosis.

Vaccinate your children. And, besides, even IF vaccinations caused autism, wouldn't you rather have a child with a developmental disorder rather than a child who died from the measles?

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Being Sick In College Is A Real Struggle

Being sick in college is definitely not as fun as having a sick day in middle school or high school.

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Something that I have had to deal with multiple times these past two semesters is being sick while in school. It can be a real pain especially depending on what type of sickness it is. I have had tonsillitis, mono, and I'm pretty sure I also had the flu.

Being at school and away from home can make being sick worse because there is nobody to take of you such as your parents. Another thing is having to make the decision to get the rest that your body needs in order to feel better or staying on top of your assignments to avoid falling behind. My parents will always tell me to get a good night's sleep so my body can feel better the next day. However, sometimes I will feel more stress if my work isn't getting done and I feel like I'm falling behind and leaving things to get done in the last minute.

Currently, I am sick now and the past few days haven't been easy, but I still attended all my classes so I wouldn't miss any material or assignments that were given. I usually end up feeling the worst at night when trying to fall asleep, and by that time the doctors are not present at the student health center. Even though my health is important I usually don't like taking too much time out of my day to go to the health center to see a doctor. Some days I don't really have much free time before the evening.

I don't believe I have been over-exerting myself, but I don't want to just stay in my bed all day and sleep, even though that may be what is best for me. Most professors will be understanding if I email them and provide them a doctor's note as well, but I also just got back from a conference where I had to miss two days of classes next week.

I have been trying to keep hydrated so that way my body can fight the sickness. Also, I have been told if you stay hydrated you can flush the virus out of your body quicker.

Eating can also be a pain when you have a sore throat, for the past couple of days I have tried to have some soup in order to help. Most meals I would have to force myself to eat something of substance in order to give my body some type of energy in order to get through the day. It's also never fun not being able to breathe out of your nostrils. If it wasn't my nose being stuffed, then it would be constantly runny so there was no winning that battle.

Looking back, I probably should have done a bit more work over spring break in order to get ahead in the case that something like this would happen. I wanted my break to be exactly that, a break. After not being home for a few months I just wanted some time off to relax.

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