Yesterday, I gave blood for the first time and my body responded very positively to the experience. I wasn’t expecting my body to respond at all, although I did wonder if it would be a little upset that I was giving part of it away. But it surprised me by being super excited about the whole process—literally, excited.
- One donation, which takes about an hour of your time, can improve or even save up to three lives.
- British Columbia is the only province that must import more blood than it gives. More people need to give!
I’ve spent the last few years using my self-directed healing strategies to build an attentive, compassionate relationship with my body. Today, I’m pretty in tune with how my body feels and what it’s saying to me. When I was lying there giving blood yesterday, I was thanking my body for agreeing to share of itself; it’s only fair, after all, since it’s the one doing all the work to give and then to regenerate 450 ml (1 pint) of missing blood. It’s a lot of work; it’ll take 56 days for my body to replace the red blood cells from my donation.
What my body told me is “I’m ready! Let’s go! Let’s do this. I’m ‘pumped.'” My body was incredibly ready and thrilled to be sharing its life-giving ability. And I mean thrilled. I could feel its exhilaration in a tangible way. It all made for a very pleasant, first-time donor experience. I even got a first-time donor pin and yummy cookies!
But it didn’t end there. For hours afterwards, until I fell asleep that evening, I felt pure joy, a kind of unadulterated pure joy I haven’t felt in a long time. Okay, giving blood just became my official drug. “I’ll be back.”
Give Blood. Be Happy.