“I’ve been involved with blood donation since the 1980s because there is a critical need”. – Donna Reed
Recently a family member has met a great medical catastrophe, therefore i was away from blogging for a while.This experience has moved me emotionally, spiritually and also conceptually.The way we conceive things in life changes all of a sudden when a sudden mishap occurs, when things start going wrong we realize that life is a complex puzzle, which we till recent had thought to have solved, and which circumstances have proved wrong.In the spur of a moment, life results into something new, we are at times thoughtless, we donate more time to thinking and stressing over less prioritized petty little issues, and suddenly we wake from slumber just to realize that our epicenter was somewhere else…it’s all about life, and how complex it is.It’s life itself we are here to crave for, and to understand, realize it’s worth, and to make it useful.
Unfortunately, we only seem to realize it after helplessness, sorrow, pain and downfalls.The medical condition a loved one had to go through made me realize how much strength she possesses and how much i lack.I approved the fact that pain is an integral part of survival.Made me envision that love is a quick healer, and develops the will to come back for sure after you doze off under the effect of anesthesia.I also understood that the fear of losing life actually is the biggest hurdle in the way of life.Once we do not fear losing it,we definitely stay on the path and achieve life!But, it is a pitfall, a bobby trap, once we fall in it, the escape is a tough one on our own.Made me think that life is gone in a jiffy, but you have no regrets if you led it and didn’t spend it.I can say that i was able to recognize to some extend the true worth of life, and i finally declared that NOTHING is larger than life!
But today i wanted to talk about something that struck me straight though the heart……she was transplanted without ANY exaggeration around 90 to 100 bottles of blood!I was shedding tears for the love, generosity and care of those unknown, unsung heroes, who had later sometime before donated their blood in the blood banks.And i gave a glance of admiration to the guests of honor, who had literally considered them honor-bound to come down at the hospital in less than half an hour to donate blood to someone they didn’t even knew…I used to think that sharing our breaths and heartbeats is impossible,but by donating their blood, they kind of connected to the person to share with them the life that runs in their veins!WHAT COULD HAVE HAPPENED IF WE HAD TO GATHER 100 BOTTLES OF BLOOD WITHIN HALF AN HOUR???I only had prayers in reply to their act of goodwill….
On 14 June, the world celebrates ‘World Blood Donor Day’.The theme for the day is “Every blood donor is a hero” – now i definitely am compelled to agree without a doubt!92 billion donation are collected every year, 45% of donors are aged under 25 (HURRAH YOUTH, YOU ARE OUR PRIDE!), and 40% of donor population in around 25 countries are WOMEN!:)
Those of us who have ailments can volunteer to help in collection of blood from areas, or transplantation of blood in remote areas.We can help blood banks with blood drives dirorganized in our communities, schools, universities, neighborhood.Awareness about how by doing less we can achieve so much through blood donation needs to be spread around.Those who are healthy are carrying around with them life within them worthy to share with those who need it, and those who need it desperately, infact their need is greater than ours, and we only need to give a bottle full to save them!
Donors can be of three kinds:Directed donor donates to a specific person, family or friend.Replacement donor replace the blood transfused to patients in blood banks to keep the blood supply stable.Platelet donor donate platelets to patients with severe diseases whose blood coagulation is not functioning well.
Those suffering from Trypanophobia or fear of needle, i only wanna say one thing – I fully understand your fear, but what if you are met with circumstances when your body is injected with cannulas, needles, injections, what if God forbid you met an accident?What if you were in their shoes???
Nothing is as precious as life.Without life, nothing exists,with life everything IS.Life is precious, because it is given for a certain purpose, it is mortal, and also because it is valuable for many other lives who depend upon it.Life is also precious because it was blessed, entrusted upon us to take care of, lead wisely, purposefully, for helping other in need of support, sharing and caring.
“The measure of a life is not its duration, but its donation.” – Peter Marshall