Blood donations go down during the summer. We need you to donate today. Find out more in this sponsored post.
I went to the hospital for my second c-section in high spirits. Although I had some complications my first time around, I felt positive that things were going to go well. My husband and I joked around as we prepared for the surgery, and I had no worries as I walked into the OR. I was just ready to get the show on the road and meet my little boy!
A few minutes later, I experienced an allergic reaction to the anesthesia. Fortunately, my anesthesiologist was on it, and my baby was born without mishap less than half an hour later.
That’s when things got a little hairy. It took my doctor almost 2 hours to stop the bleeding and close up my incision. I was out of it but could hear her calm, steady voice directing her team on how to stop the bleeding. Because I suffer from uterine fibroids, I had been down this road before. I had complete confidence in my obstetrician and her staff, but I was worried that I would need a blood transfusion if the bleeding didn’t stop.
Finally, three hours later, I was wheeled into a recovery room to meet my little guy. I didn’t need a blood transfusion, but every year thousands of women have to after childbirth. In fact, every two seconds, someone in the U.S. (not just women in childbirth) needs a blood transfusion. Can you imagine what would happen if there wasn’t sufficient blood supply to meet the needs?
We need you to donate blood
During the summer months, donations of blood go way down, and hospitals find themselves in desperate need of all blood types. Just one donation can help up to 3 patients, and you can donate blood every 56 days up to 6 times a year. If you’re in the Bay Area like me, check out Blood Centers of the Pacific to find out where to donate!
Whether it’s women having babies, or a natural disaster that requires blood, hospitals need to have the a supply ready for whatever comes up. You could donate now and help save someone’s life down the line.
What’s missing? We don’t have enough As, Bs, ABs and Os. Blood donation drops 20% during the summer, which is why we
need your blood type. Take a step to donate at MissingTypeUS.org. #MissingType #DonateBlood