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When people turn 16, most receive a lot of freedom. They can now drive, become organ donors, and donate blood. As you experience these freedoms, you learn that they also come with responsibilities. Some students learned this on Friday March 3, when Meridian National Honor Society (NHS) held their first blood drive of 2017.
“I could not donate blood because I pierced my ears with an unsterile needle. We sterilized the needle but it wasn’t up to hospital standards and was not done in a regulated facility,” tells sophomore Hanna Czerniak, “I was frustrated that I could not donate blood, but I would rather them keep others safe by making sure all blood has good iron and hemoglobin levels and has no diseases that could harm a patient.”
You must know your previous medications, have not traveled to specific countries, and have good iron levels. The Red Cross has a long list of all these things that they go through with you on the day of your donation. 15 people were unable to donate for various reasons.
“I was very excited to donate but sadly there were complications. I had gotten a shot within the last 8 weeks. I’ll be more prepared next time in August,” sophomore Delaney Brooks shares.
If you are hoping to donate blood in the future, keep records of medications, vaccinations, make sure piercings are done in a proper facility, etc. If you are looking for information about upcoming blood drives, the information can be found on the Meridian website on the NHS page.
“You always want to be sure you are fully hydrated and you want to have drank a lot of liquids the night before and the morning of. A month ahead of time you need to be sure you are getting a lot of iron-rich foods, red meats, and anything with vitamin C that would help you absorb iron from your diet,” Ms. Rappé tells tips to prepare to donate.