Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Being thankful

It seems during this time of year, we are reminded to be thankful. And it's sometimes easy to forget to show gratefulness for an act of kindness.

Today I want to thank blood donors. I have never given blood, but I know many people who do. There are people who share their life giving blood, in order to help others, many times saving lives. And I realize what a special gift that is.

Two weeks ago I shared with you about my friend, Lin. She experienced a Class 4 hemorrhage, basically losing almost all of the blood in her body, after a blood vessel burst behind her pancreas. Her heart stopped three times because of lack of blood. She was given 25 units of blood. That's pretty amazing, as the human body has about 10 pints of blood circulating. She was losing it faster than they could pump it in.

So today I am sending my thanks to the many men and women who donate their blood. You have helped keep this wonderful woman alive. You have blessed many people by your sacrifice.


Carol S. said...

I've never donated blood, but I am thankful for those who do. It's wonderful to see that your friend is doing better because of those sweet donors.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

I used to donate blood, many years ago. My veins are tiny, and shift around, so, they got tired of trying to get the large needle in me, and finally asked me to quit coming. It is a necessary thing, and, I'm glad that there are people who can donate easily and often.

Barb said...

I have donated blood but can not since I lived in Samoa and had dengay (a light case) but what modern medicine can do is amazing.

Jackie said...

My husband donates very regularly. He did it even before we met right after he got out of college. It's a great thing to do for someone!

So glad to see your friend sitting up and eating - she has indeed made great progress!

margaret said...

so good to see her sitting uo in bed and recoveryng well. I used to give blood but it took so long for it to come out they gave up on me and said not to come back!

the momma said...

I hope your friend is back to herself soon!
Sadly, I can't donate blood (and neither can my husband and our two oldest children) because we lived in Germany when there was a mad cow scare there back in the late 80s : /

many blessings ~ Tracy