Whiling away the time in hospital, I thought I’d focus my next post on giving blood and the importance of doing so if you’re able to. In my experience of talking about this so far, many healthy people don’t donate because it’s simply not on their radar to do so.
Since Poppy was diagnosed, 10 amazing people have been inspired to give blood and I am sure we can add many more to this list if we keep having conversations about it. I’d also like to mention all of the incredible people who already give blood regularly and didn’t need any extra motivation to do a very nice thing! A sincere and heartfelt thank you to all those that fall into either group.
If you don’t already give blood and haven’t been inspired to recently, please can I tentatively ask why? Under current guidelines, Poppy won’t be able to give blood when she’s older as she has received a transfusion herself. I know there are a number of restrictions and there will be many reading who would like to give but aren’t able to, so thank you for considering it even if you weren’t able to donate in the end.
For the rest of you…are you too busy? Too scared? Or just simply haven’t given it much thought before? It’s very easy to register on the Give Blood website and see where local appointments are taking place regularly. I gave blood a handful of times before falling out of the habit when I moved away to university, so I know how easily you can move through life without giving it much headspace. I also recognise the fear…I’m as squeamish as they come!
Since drafting this post, it was decided that Poppy would receive another blood transfusion today. Six weeks to the day of her first blood transfusion, she received another unit of blood from a complete stranger, who in giving blood has quite possibly contributed to saving her life.
The difference in Poppy’s health since receiving her transfusion this morning has been remarkable. She’s moving better, talking more and most importantly of all, smiling wider. We were finally released from hospital late this afternoon and made it home in time for Poppy and Daisy to spend a delightful hour in the garden together, spooning stones into buckets and just generally enjoying being near each other again after a prolonged period apart.
I don’t know enough about medicine to speculate what would happen if there wasn’t any blood available for Poppy to receive, but I feel very fortunate to live in a country with the support and supplies to make this possible. Unlike most other precious resources in our commercial world, blood isn’t available at a premium price to the highest bidder. The only way to source it is through donations.
Having watched Poppy bravely cope with everything Leukaemia has thrown at her, I certainly feel that I can manage to be a bit braver too. My own appointment is scheduled for mid July with an appointment for cake shortly afterwards!
If you’re still deciding whether to donate, please consider making an appointment or finding out a bit more. And if after reading all of this, you still feel giving blood is not for you, perhaps you could please share the idea with your family or work colleagues to make a difference that way instead.
We’d love to hear from you if Poppy has inspired you to give blood. Please let us know so we can grow that list of life-saving, blood-giving heroes and build even more positives from her diagnosis x