I went in for my bi-monthly blood donation appointment today. No matter how many times I donate, I still get a little nervous and queasy if I think about it too much.
All that said, there is never a doubt in my mind before, during or after the donation that it is the right thing to do. I saw firsthand the importance of blood donation when my stepfather went through a grueling treatment for leukemia a year ago. His blood transfusions were vital to his recovery.
If you’re on the fence about donating, here are some reasons (some selfish and some selfless) to do it:
- Whether you know it or not, you likely know someone who is alive today because of a blood transfusion they received.
- It is free to donate.
- There are a number of reasons that someone may need a blood transfusion, such as surgery (hip replacement), cancer treatment (chemo), burn victim, or a bad car accident.
- People of all ages can accept blood transfusions, including babies and children.
- You get to eat as many treats as you want after you are done donating.
- If you are a blood-type match with a loved one, your donation can be designated for a specific person in need.
- Most of the time there are major deficits in blood banks.
- You’ve got plenty of blood to spare. The average adult has 10-12 pints of blood in his or her body. Your body replenishes the blood deficit within 24 hours.
- It doesn’t hurt.
- Geography doesn’t matter. There are blood banks and mobile donation centers every where. If you can’t find one, most hospitals take donations directly on site.
- At any time you may need blood to help you survive. You better bet at the time you need blood you’ll be grateful to those people who donated to you.
- While donating, you’re surrounded by nurses and health care professionals. If you faint or something goes wrong, you’re in good hands.
- You get a free health screening. After donating you get information on your cholesterol, blood pressure, pulse and more.
- Some organizations, like the San Diego Blood Bank, offer incentive points for each donation made that can be redeemed for cool prizes like jackets, beach chairs and gift certificates.
- The people at the blood banks are so kind, cheerful and very grateful that you came. From the time I arrive until the time I leave, I am told “thank you for donating” at least 10 times.
If you are in San Diego County, here are a few places you can go to donate:
If you’re on the fence, I’d be happy to answer questions for you or even schedule my next appointment with you so we can donate together.
Give blood. Give life.
No one ever wants to have to go to the emergency room, whether for a human or an animal. Last night we had to go.
When I got home my elderly wiener dog Gary had a terrible limp and was whimpering in severe pain. We checked his paw for glass or a splinter and his leg for a tender area, but couldn’t find a thing.
Being new to the 15 corridor area, our primary vet is still in Bay Park and we have never gone to an ER by our new house. On the Internet we relied.
Gary resting at home on his new orthopedic aero bed for dogs.
The first place that popped up when we did a search was the Poway Animal Emergency Clinic. So off we went.
It turns out that Gary has a bulging or ruptured disk in his neck; I’ll get the full details after we visit our primary vet for radiology this afternoon.
But I am writing this post to tell you about the Poway Animal Emergency Clinic as it was a wonderful place and one I would recommend if you ever have a situation arise like we did.
They are located on Poway Road near Carriage Drive. The office is clean and the staff is friendly and attentive. They are opened from 5 p.m. through the night. Our vet communicated with Gary better than any other vet I’ve seen. She sat down on the floor with him and let him get comfortable with her before she began treating him. She spent the entire appointment sitting on the floor. Gary was very receptive to her because of it.
She took plenty of time with us explaining what was going on, our options, the costs associated with treatment and the next steps. The staff gave us an estimate of fees so we knew what to expect. The prices were very reasonable. When I called our primary vet this morning they had already received a full report from the ER clinic before 8 a.m.
I hope we don’t ever have to visit the animal ER again, but if we do I will trust the Poway Animal Emergency Clinic with my dogs’ care in a heartbeat … and you should too.
Scott (husband) to me: What do you do at this women’s expo? Talk about periods and learn how to keep your whale tail in your pants?
Me to Scott: I guess it is possible, but I really don’t think so. We are going to be shopping, eating, learning about fashion, beauty and cooking … I’m sure there will be chocolate. Ya, know … girl stuff.
That husband of mine is a real jokester.
San Diego Bargain Mama's VIP Gals
Today my friend Stacey, better known as San Diego Bargain Mama, invited me to a VIP event at the Head-to-Toe Women’s Expo with a bunch of other local ladies. We were lucky enough to have a private room to chat and meet the founders of the expo and featured speaker Carolyn Gross. We then got to sit front row at Carolyn’s presentation, and listen to her message about whining or shining … shining is the right choice.
After that all of San Diego Bargain Mama’s gals were let loose – pink-feather boa and tiara clad – to explore all that the expo had to offer. The name doesn’t lie … the expo has everything a girl could want or need:
My favorite purchase of the day
- financial planning
- hair care/wigs
- diet programs
- cooking utensils/demos
- permanent make-up
- massage/spa services
- baby stuff
- fashion shows
- intimate items
- party favors
- home decor
- and of course … chocolate
Mom and Me Learning About Self Efficacy from Carolyn Gross
It was a great day out, and Stacey was kind enough to let me bring my mom with me since she was visiting from out-of-town. Mom purchased hair care products, a purse, and some cookies. She also got a shirt for me … which I would have bought myself if she hadn’t beat me to it. It is my new favorite shirt. How can you go wrong with sparkles and leopard print combined, right?
The expo comes to town two times per year and it is also in Pasadena twice a year. It is a fantastic way to spend the day with the girls. There really is something for everyone. And I’m sure if you did want to talk to someone about hiding your whale tale, you could find them there too.