The American Red Cross visited Corona High once again to allow teenagers sixteen and older to donate their blood, with the help of our A.S.B. (Associated Student Body) to keep things running. The day started slow and steady, but as the day went on, more and more students and teachers donated blood. A majority of people who entered donated a pint of regular whole blood and another group participated in the ALYX, which safely removes twice the amount of red blood cells, the rest of the components are returned to the donor, and the donor is provided with a small amount of sterile saline to make up for the loss of body fluids.
“This time it hurt a little more, but that is because the needle was too far in and hit the muscle,” states sophomore ~Dylan Graham
A majority of the student body has donated blood before. Senior Kristen Stencil, also a member of ASB, donated blood for a second time. Junior Destiny Oliden donated regular whole blood before but donated for the ALYX donation for the first time, reporting that “it is still the same, it just requires more equipment.
“I feel like this time it was worse, I did not have enough pressure so she had to put it in again,” ~Stencil
Everyone has heard about things gone wrong, students having bruises on their arms, a missed vein, or someone fainting. There are going to be moments when something goes unexpected, but there is nothing to worry about. Every procedure the staff goes through is to ensure the safety of the donor.
To donate, one first has to sign in, where they are given a packet of basic information about requirements and eligibility, and are given a number. They then are taken to small, confined area where they are interviewed about basic information, such as height, weight, and age, as well as provide a small blood sample. If they meet requirements, they are then taken to a cot and are ready to donate. The whole process, from signing up to the actual donation, can take up to forty-five minutes. Once they are done, they can rest, grab some refreshments and are given a t-shirt for their contribution. They are also advised to not participate in physical activity for 24 hours.
“I like helping and this is an opportunity to help people without putting too much effort in it,” ~Graham
Despite the dizziness and feeling light-headed, the fact that saving three lives with just a pint of blood. Donors are treated respectfully, the staff were really polite, and there was always someone to make sure donors where feeling alright. Music was played the whole time to keep everyone calm and donors were able to be on their phone to keep them occupied. Not everyone has to donate blood at their high school, there are also clinics that allow people to donate blood, as long as they are healthy and meet requirements. Whether it is because someone they love needs a blood transfusion or they feel good about being able to save three lives, donating blood is a selfless cause that is used to cure patients. According to the Blood Center of the Pacific, more than 4.5 million patients need a blood transfusion annually in the U.S. and Canada, about 1 in 7 people that enter a hospital need blood, and someone is in need of blood every two seconds. Save three lives today and go to the nearest location to donate blood and contribute to this astounding cause.