Blood Donation and its benefits | St. Luke's hospital

The first time is always the hardest part but once you have experienced the whole thing, you'll feel accomplished somehow. Well, I am speaking for myself so I hope you'll feel the same or if not better. It has been part of my routine to donate blood since one of our local hospitals (St. Luke's) visits our church (JCLAM) here in Marikina City. They do it quarterly so I make sure to not miss it when they are scheduled to do so. Why am I so eager for this? Know here why.

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Blood donation

Just to share some of the baiting benefits of donating blood in our community are as follows:

1. It will make your skin whiter
2. It will make your face smoother and acne-free (Free facial? Haha!)
3. It is both healthy and helpful

So are these statements true? Let's find out:

Just like the rest of you guys, I was so curious back then on why do people donate blood? I can honestly get the thing if one of your friends or family members need them urgently especially for emergency purposes.. But donating voluntarily knowing that it kind of hurts, Why? So as per my research and gathered information about this, let me start by listing its benefits as simple as possible.

Benefits of donating blood

1. Free check-up [includes blood pressure, pulse rate, and hemoglobin level (for some)]
2. You'll know your blood type [not all people are aware of their blood type, do you?]
3. Burns calories/Lose weight [The body needs to work to replenish the loss of blood - Free exercise! YAY!]
4. Healthier liver - connected to stimulated blood cell production  (Healthier looking skin)
5. Reduce the risk of complicated diseases such as heart attack and cancer [connected to iron depletion]
6. Enjoy the freebies [Who wouldn't]
7. The thought of helping a random stranger [Depends if they will sell it or stock them for future use]
8. Free blood when you need it [Not sure if applicable to all and may subject to terms and conditions of the partner hospital] 

If not most of these, all of them are medically proven so might as well tick them on the list. Feel free to ask your family doctor if you still have questions or need to verify them yourselves.

Blood donation freebies: Michael's Hut
Today's blood donation freebies [chocolate bar, juice drink, socks & a special tumbler]

The next thing we should know is what are the requirements or the preparations needed to be fit to donate. Don't underestimate this as many fail to pass these qualifications and are not allowed to donate on-site. There will be a doctor to filter them so make sure to check each of them here:

Requirements/Qualifications before donating blood (COMMON)

1. The blood donation form will serve as the first filter (listed medical conditions must be noted)
2. Above 18 years old or if 16 - 17 years old (must have parental consent)
3. Not "underweight" and feels in good condition - cough or colds is a no-no
4. Not donated blood recently (3-4 mos apart usually)
5. Strictly no piercing
6. Strictly no tattoo
7. In healthy condition [failure in any of the initial free check-up (blood pressure, pulse rate, and hemoglobin level) may result in disqualification of the eligibility to donate] - So sleep early and rest well a day before the blood donation day.
8. Of course, any kind of alcohol, drug, or antibiotic should be avoided as well

-for women-

* Irregular period should be noted
* More may be asked as per doctor's assessment

Now, when we pass these qualifications, the process should go something like this video I created:
(written process below)



If you cannot see the video above, click HERE for it



The process

1. Fill out the initial form provided
2. Find the doctor (with the form) then finish the assessment and check-ups
3. Go to the next station for the blood testing and personal records checking
4. You will be assigned to a chair (where all the rest will happen) 

Don't think that the whole process stops there. You still have to be cautious hours after that. It is very important to know the following reminders:

Reminders after donating blood

> You may feel weakened after giving blood. It may be in the form of having a headache, feeling lightheaded and/or nauseous, or even feeling dizzy or feels like you are going to faint. It is very important to rest after donating blood which includes avoiding any strenuous/physically challenging activities like playing sports, lifting weights to as simple as even strolling in malls. I recommend allocating it in advance as a rest day as per experience.

So, do I still need to explain why I like donating blood? Haha! Well, before I answer that, let's tackle first the 3 questions given above if they are really true.

1. It will make your skin whiter - In reference to benefit no. 4 above, it answers it indirectly. As it promises healthier skin, it does not say it lightens one. A healthier skin is good enough for me. 
2. It will make your face smoother and acne-free (Free facial? Haha!) -  Again, in reference to benefit no. 4 above, it answers it indirectly as well. I guess this one is more likely applicable. Not immediately but I think it helps. 
3. It is both healthy and helpful - Fore sure! Unless you are really scared of needles lol

Why not donate blood
Why not donate blood?

So if you ask me, it is a no-brainer question if it is really worth it to donate blood. This one excludes the award(s) you may receive when you donate blood regularly - some of the awards are based on consistency while some are on the amount you have given. The act is all at the same time healthy, helpful, noble and generous. For me, it is like an opportunity to be healthier, help others, give back to the community and contribute to society in ways you can't even imagine. So why even think to not do it right? Who knows and you might be sharing your blood to the next president of a country or even a future world leader.. that would be cool. Haha!

Ending this blog post: If you have not given blood yet - ever, I suggest you try it at least once. And if you have done it already, I urge you to share your experience(s) here to encourage others to be the unknown heroes to the people who will be needing them in the future.



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128 comments:

  1. Very good message imparted through your article.

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    1. Just to additionally mention I am a blood donor myself and even my husband. So we understand how important it is and the salute the people who are donors.

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  2. Indeed donating blood is a noble exercise and I feel authorities should keep a constant check on blood banks with extreme punishments to prevent any illicit activities and profiteering.

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  3. This is amazing and everyone should be aware of this information, donating blood saves lives.

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  4. Blood donating is life-saving! I was really impressed on this blog showing the best benefits that take if we donate blood. Thanks so much the information!

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  5. Can’t co-sign on this. Against my religion. Raised not to do this but as an alternative to plan in advance to use your own blood or blood plasma and other advances in preserving your own blood. But it is your choice for yourself. Lavern Moore

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  6. I have never given blood, because I had anemia before and I don't want it to come back. I think its cool people do it and it can be beneficial for you x

    Laura
    https://pinkfrenzymissl.blogspot.com/

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  7. It is in point of fact a nice and helpful piece of info.
    I am satisfied that you shared this helpful info with us.

    Please stay us up to date like this. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. Donating blood has a lot of benefits in our body you already mentioned those in this article. Actually 3 months from now we will be trying to donate again and I am so excited for that.

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  9. Blood donations are so important and noble and simple (or so I think). I wish I was a little bigger and could donate blood (I'm too petite to qualify in my country). I am proud of you!

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  10. Donating blood has a lot of benefits in our body you already mentioned those in this article. Actually 3 months from now we will be trying to donate again and I am so excited for that.

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  11. I know that donating blood has a lot.of benefiys but disnt know what theu are. Thanks for sharing.

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  12. I agree! If you can you should donate. So many benefits than drawbacks. Thanks for sharing your experience.

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    1. True. When you help, actually you are helping yourself more

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  13. Great informatiom here. It reminds us all how important it all is. Thank you for sharing it with us. I'll have to get down the local centre!

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  14. I tried to donate blood , but since i have been overseas for less than 3 years ago I couldn't.

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  15. I've always wanted to give blood, but I'm so worried about passing out or feeling awful afterwards. Hopefully one day I can work up the courage, because I would really love to help out if I could.

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    1. Just like riding a roller coaster, they wont do it if it'll just harm people ;) hehe

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  16. I've always been interested in donating blood but the fear is somehow stopping me. I am even scared of doing blood tests because of needles. Hopefully soon, I can get over this fear

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    1. As stated in the video.. What you think is worse than the actual. Believe me (y)

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  17. When I was in college I always wanted to donate blood for the Red Cross who always had a blood donation activity in our school, sadly I am not approved eversince then because my weight won't fit in. Thank you for those who donates blood for helping others who needed it.

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    1. At least you tried! Thank you for that too!

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  18. i am a registered nurse and i have never once donated blood! but after reading this, okay maybe i will give it a go!

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  19. Blood donation saved my wife's life after the birth of our son, so I'm eternally grateful for those who do. Thanks for the insightful article!

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  20. I think giving blood is an intricate part of giving back and helping people. If that’s not why you do it, then yes, do it to check in your health!

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  21. Blood donation is a bigger part of me, i feel happy doing it...must importantly it is a way of reaching out and helping lives.

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  22. Your article is full of useful information. Thank you so much for sharing this and spreading the word, as blood donations are very important in any place of this word.

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    1. Glad you liked it and supported it by simply visiting! Thanks!

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  23. My husband donates blood, but I struggle with iron content so I'm usually not able to. Still, it's SO important.

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  24. It is very important to donate blood. I didn't realize all of the benefits of it though. Unfortunately, I have piercings but I always encourage donating blood to everyone.

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  25. Frankly speaking, never donated blood but now I am thinking over that. Thanks

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  26. I love the noble cause of blood donation. I couldn't donate in the past because of low Hb but I think I will do it the next time I can! :)
    Thanks for sharing the post.

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  27. Blood donations are very noble and important. You do so good donating blood. I wish I could do that (I medically can't)

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  28. I have always heard about donating blood, but have never read such a comprehensive list of the benefits as well as the requirements. Thanks for sharing so much info on the subject!

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  29. Wow!! I never knew there were other benefits other than helping those who need the blood. I wouldn’t mind doing it just to learn my blood type!

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  30. I have tried a few times to give blood but unfortunately each time there has been a reason why I couldn't. It is such an important thing to do and something I hope to be able to take part in one day x

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    1. I know many people who also are also experiencing this one.

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  31. Really good to know and important information! We both already donated blood and will do it again for sure!

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  32. I never donated blood or thought about it, it is very interesting what I found here about health benefits. Bloodletting & using leeches as cure for illnesses has been used for centuries..Thank you for sharing!

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  33. This is such an imporant thng to share as it is so important for everyone to give a little. I had to have a transfusion last year and truly appreciate whoever had donated so that that could happen.

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  34. very good article. i had no idea that giving blood was a way to lose weight too. how interesting.

    Joy at The Joyous Living

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  35. I really enjoyed your post! I've learnt so much about giving blood. I've always wanted to do it but I actually don't meet the requirements (I'm too small and don't weigh enough). But I do really like what you say about it being a way to help others and give back to your community! Thanks for sharing this!

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  36. What a great article. Very insightful and to know the benefits that you'll be getting by being a donor is very helpful. You help others + you get great benefits. Thanks for sharing.

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  37. Donating blood is such an incredible thing to do. You can help save so many lives by giving it.

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  38. Hopefully in the future I can donate blood but for now I can't since I'm pregnant. It's my goal to at least donate blood once.

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  39. Is a good thing is we can help others by donating blood. I am a donor too.

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  40. This is very informative. First time I gave blood was in high school and after I did that I started running several blood drives at our school. I was so involved in the process I even dressed up as buddy the blood drop and went around encouraging people to donate. I find it to be one of the easiest and most life saving thing someone can do.

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    1. I can feel the passion on this comment! Lets continue to do more! Woohoo

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  41. I have donated blood many times to help the needy.Did not know so much about the benefits.

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  42. Really detailed article. I have never donated blood and I'm not even thinking about it. I guess it's just me but I don't think I'd want someone's blood in body or vice versa. Like anything could go wrong. What if they make mistakes during testing? Because sometimes, there are mistakes.Just an honest thought.

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    1. Ow, maybe there is trusting issues? Not sure but I totally respect it.

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  43. So true. If you are eligible you must donate blood. There are still a lot of myths out there about donating, so your post is a step in the right direction.

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  44. Wow! what an insight. I wasnt aware of the benefits of donating blood. I have been donating from quite sometime now but didnt know the benefits.

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  45. Blood donation is very important! It helps to save lives. I agree that many people may feel scared at first to donate,since it may hurt a little and you could feel weak... But you never know when you could be in urgent need of blood yourself!! So put yourself in the place of the person receiving it.

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  46. So many benefits that we could get in blood donating but unluckily, I am not qualified to donate because of my condition.

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    1. Gotcha.. This is just one of the many ways to help..

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  47. I have donated blood for years. My oldest son started when he was 16 also.

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  48. I didn't think a lot about the fact the body will need to work to replace the blood you have lost. It does make a lot of sense though and definitely an easy way to get "exercise". :-)

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    1. Haha! You can re-ask if you want validity lol

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  49. Very informative post, as a healthcare provider, I can attest how donating blood could help save someone's life.

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  50. I haven't donated blood in a while. It's such a wonderful thing to be able to do! This is a good reminder to help others.

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  51. I think donating blood is great. However, I was not aware of all the benefits in doing so. Thanks for sharing!

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  52. Great post! Giving blood is super important and this post can educate a lot of people why it's important to give.

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  53. My hubby used to donate blood to the Red Cross. However, I have yet to try doing it myself.

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  54. So many good benefits in donating some blood. Thanks for informing the requirements, I think Im qualified. 😊

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  55. So many good benefits in donating some blood. Thanks for informing the requirements, I think Im qualified. 😊

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    1. More good news will follow then! Congrats on being healthy at least!

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  56. Thanks for explaining the process. I didn't know anything about the process or requirements. Does that mean people with earrings piercings can't give blood as well?

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    1. I think it depends on how its pierced. Not sure since I don't have one lol. Good question though.

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  57. I've actually never donated blood because by the time,I had less weight. Oops! Anyway donating blood also helps you to know your blood type and if you have any blood conditions. I would love to know mine. Hope I'll also donate blood someday.

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    1. You can search for the nearest hospital and ask when the next donation will be Haha! - If you are that pro active lol

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  58. This is such a noble thing to do and very important as well. I have always wanted to donate blood and it is something that I will make sure I put to practice because a lot of lives can be saved. Thanks for sharing and for the reminder!

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing this vital information! Blood donation is so important and getting this info out there is fantastic!

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  59. Many are engaging in such kind of donation. Thanks for that reminder! I am sure many will benefit to this article.

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  60. I used to be the chairperson for the blood donation board at my job years ago. The same few people would donate, but rarely would incentives work to get others to give. I wish more would, it really does matter so much to those who need it.

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  61. I heard that donating blood burn calories. There are lot of benefits in donating blood. Thanks for sharing this article.

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  62. I love that you've laid out the benefits of donating blood. I'm the universal donor so I try to donate EVERY 6-8 weeks!

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    1. Super nice to hear! Thank you from everyone who'll benefit from those hehe

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  63. I really wanna donate some blood, thanks for sharing information.. I agree, it's so beneficial.

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  64. Thanks for sharing info.. That's why I really loved donating blood, it's so beneficial for my body..

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