Give back with your blood

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Give back with your blood

Tricia Bair, Writer

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There are many ways to give back to others throughout the community and even strangers that need our help. Have you ever thought about donating your blood and have it save someone’s life? The American Red Cross does many blood drives all around the year and all over the country. It’s an easy process to sign up and donate. Make sure to do research on the requirements before donating your blood.
On Tuesday, November 15th, The American Red Cross came to Springfield High School and 44 students and staff donated. There are some precautions you should take before giving blood.
My first time donating was on Tuesday, and unfortunately I could not donate. My iron level was too low for the requirement to donate. For women their iron level has to be at least a 12.5 and for men 13.0. If your iron level does not meet the requirements you cannot donate blood that day. That is what happened to me. I was unable to donate because my iron level was a 11.3 in my right finger and a 12.3 in my left. Although I was deferred that day, I won’t let that bring me down and discourage me from trying again and nobody else should either. Sometimes our iron levels are low because of our diet, so a couple days before it is beneficial to stay hydrated and eat foods that are high in iron like red meat, peas, seafood, breads, pasta, spinach, etc… Definitely check out the other requirements before you decide to donate to make sure you are eligible.
Donating blood is such a big help to everyone around. You never know whose life you could be saving. Just remember, if you are having health problems, don’t feel obligated to give your blood. Having problems with your health will only affect the other people that will receive your blood if you decide to donate. If you have never donated it’s never too late to try!

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Tricia Bair, Writer

My name is Tricia Bair. “Don’t let what breaks your heart destroy your life”. I’ve joined the sentinel because it’s a lot of fun to write and...

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