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Giving Shouldn't Hurt

April 27, 2010 - Heather Ziegler

A lot of blood drives are held throughout the Ohio Valley each week and there are many loyal blood donors who give regularly. They go to the usual places -- like Ohio Valley Medical Center --  and roll up their sleeves every 56 days. That one unselfish act helps save the life of someone they may never know. As summer approaches, the need for blood grows, unfortunately due to warm weather vehicle accidents, farm or outdoor work accidents, child's play accidents, etc. However it's also more difficult to meet the demand with people on vacations. So it's vitally important to give blood if and when you can. With an aging population that has growing medical conditions that disallow them from giving blood, it is much more important for healthy adults to give. A word of caution, however. If teenagers or young adults want to give blood, they have to know how to eat right and maintain their hydration before donating. I've seen too many young people pass out after giving blood because they did not know what to expect. I can tell you from experience that giving blood does not hurt more than a pinch especially when the professionals from American Red Cross do this everyday. They know what they are doing. Bring on summer and the gift of life...


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