Today was a recovery day after my last heavy duty chemo treatment. Although the treatment finished up at about 2am, the whole day was pretty much a wipe out, feeling very flat and very tired.
Visitors included family plus special visit from Granny and Pa all the way from Cootamundra. The main thought for today is the importance of keeping the blood products flowing through the system.
I’ve been a blood donor for more than 35 years and most recently committed to donating plasma on a monthly basis. Unfortunately moving forward I will not be eligible to donate any form of blood product. If you haven’t before, I would strongly encourage you to investigate the altruistic and life saving function of donating blood through the Red Cross Blood Bank.
To date I have probably received six bags of platelets and eight bags of red blood cells. Each time I look closely at the donation date and the use by date. I am very grateful to the anonymous donors who have donated this blood.
With a low platelet count, a blood nose can be life threatening as there is no way to stop the bleeding without platelets to come to the rescue.
Jodie Coles has been a bit nervous to donate blood for a long time but today she bit the bullet. Good on you Jodie!