Chances for Scarred Little Hearts Blood Drive Feb. 13th
By: AMANDA HILL BOND
On Monday, February 13, the American Red Cross will be in Byrdstown for a blood drive in honor of Chances for Scarred Little Hearts and Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week Feb. 7-14. During the previous blood drive in October, we met 100 percent of our goal and had 45 productive pints of blood which saved the lives of up to 135 people.
You are invited to attend the blood drive between 1:30-4:30 at the Pickett County High School. Each donor will receive a FREE t-shirt with the Chances for Scarred Little Hearts logo to show our gratitude.
Every two seconds someone in the United States needs blood. Included in that number are numerous cancer patients and the tiniest of recipients, newborn babies. An adult has approximately 10-12 pints of blood in their body. A baby, depending on weight, may have less than 10 ounces which is just over a cup. It is sobering to see the tiny vials of blood transfused into a baby or child. I have seen my son Chance, who was born with a congenital heart defect and has half a heart, receive many of those small vials. If Chance hadn't had the blood available beforehand for his surgeries, he could not have survived. I know that there are so many of us who have received blood or know someone who has during their lives. It is a reminder of the importance of blood being donated, processed and in the hospital before it is needed. At this time, the need for blood continues to be at low levels, which could even increase risk of surgery cancellations. One pint of blood donated means up to three lives saved.
Many people don't know the correct answers to donor eligibility questions, so here are some facts.
-AGE: A person must be 17 years of age or 16 with parental permission. There is no upper age limit for donation.
-ALLERGY: A person may donate as long as he or she feels well, has no fever, and no problems breathing.
-BLOOD PRESSURE: A person's blood pressure must be between 80/50 and 180/100 at the time of donation. High blood pressure medications are acceptable for donation.
-CANCER: A person with a history of leukemia, lymphoma or Hodgkin's disease is not eligible to donate. A person with other forms of cancer may be eligible if twelve months have passed since the last treatment, with no recurrences or active disease. A person with low risk cancer such as basal cell skin cancer that has been completely removed is eligible.
-DIABETES: A diabetic person is eligible to donate if the disease is well controlled by diet, non-bovine insulin or oral medications. A diabetic person who received bovine insulin many manufactured in the United Kingdom is permanently ineligible to donate.
-HEART DISEASE: In general, a person is eligible if he/she has been medically evaluated and treated, has no current (within 6 months) heart related symptoms such as chest pain and has no limitations or restriction on activities of daily living. A person must wait at least 6 months following an episode of angina, congestive heart failure, cardiomyopathy, heart attack or surgery (coronary artery bypass graft, angioplasty, stent replacement). A donor with a pacemaker may donate as long as the pulse rate is between 50 and 100 beats per minimum at the time of donation.
-PIERCING OR TATTOO: A person is eligible if the instruments used for the piercing was sterile or single use or the tattoo was applied at a state-regulated facility that uses sterile needles and single-use ink.
If you have any specific questions regarding eligibility, contact the American Red Cross Donor and Client Support Center at 1-866-236-3276.
For blood drive donation appointments, please call Jean Ann Mayberry at 931-797-7674. Appointments will have first priority to provide a smooth flow of donors throughout the blood drive. Unscheduled walk-in donors will be accepted as/if the schedule permits.