A Serious Holiday Wish

As many of you know, I was diagnosed with thrombophilia last year. I've been informed this means I will never be able to give blood again. This is a great disappointment to me, as I've always believed it is very important for us all to give blood.

Giving blood saves lives. It's as simple as that.

In case you needed one, gives you more reasons and more ways to help.

Everyone who needs blood will get it, but when someone gets it, that supply needs replaced. When someone requires massive amounts of blood to keep them alive after an accident or through surgery, or a burn victim needs 30 units of platelets to help rebuild and heal tissue, those platelets need to be replaced.

By healthy people like us.

So if you want to give a gift to the world, keep in mind that there are places where these vital fluids are being rationed. Yes...rationed. That means the low-priority patients (and if it's you or a loved one, it's NEVER a low-priority) go without or with a reduced allocation.

It's personal to him, because his brother has been diagnosed with leukemia and is, in his words, running through platelets like peanut M&Ms. As he details in his post, platelets are especially needed. You can elect to become an apheresis donor, which takes a little longer but is so desperately important. I wish they'd take my overactive platelets.

The whole post is here and worth reading.

If you have the ability, now is the time to give blood. Now is when regular donors forget their schedule, they're busy with shopping, and meanwhile people are still crashing their cars or requiring emergency surgery or suffering massive burn trauma and they need blood more than ever. Ever loved someone who needed surgery? Ever needed a transfusion yourself?

Go. Give blood. It's the way we look out for each other. Bonus: free cookies. If for no other reason, do it for me, because I'm not allowed to anymore. I'd consider it a personal favor. Then count your blessings that you aren't one of the families who needs it this holiday season.

Thank you for your time and attention.

P.S. Here's how you find the nearest blood drive and get more information. There, now you have no excuse. Click.