By Dimone Gabler, recipient of blood products & champion of blood donors
I thought people who received blood either had surgery, a transfusion for a particular condition, or had been in a serious accident. I found out there are other reasons one might need blood. A few years ago, I thought I had a bad flu bug. After two to three days of not being able to keep anything down, my husband insisted I go to the doctor. I was so weak I was barely able to stand. After the doctor’s examination, he sent me to the emergency room at Good Samaritan Hospital.
My then 7-year-old granddaughter was in the ER with her Grandpa and me during this entire process and the ER staff was absolutely wonderful. They explained everything they were doing to Grandma and assured her that all would be okay and I’d be as good as new in a few days. I’m most grateful that what could have been a very frightening experience for a young child turned into an interesting and educational adventure with Grandma because of the kindness and sensitivity of the ER doctors and nursing staff.
After the ER exam, it was determined I was bleeding internally and would need a blood transfusion. Once recuperated, I requested copies of my hospital report and upon review, found I had been admitted in critical condition and had lost over half my volume of blood. I’m a very lucky lady and most grateful for all those who have generously and courageously given blood to save someone’s life or help someone like myself get better.
You never know if a family member, good friend, or even you yourself may need blood. I’m grateful it was there when I needed it and I hope more people will make the time to donate blood.