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Thursday, 2 June 2016

A TEXT TO GLADDEN MY HEART


I received a text message this morning and it changed my day. It was such a peasant surprise.

The Blood Transfusion Service wrote to me concerning my donation to them last week. Nothing unusual about the donation ~ I do it every three months and have been donating on and off for the last 50 years and done so well over 100 times.  The text message was to thank me for my donation and to inform me that my blood has been sent to Birmingham Children's Hospital, and that every donation counts.  

This is the first time I have had any feedback as to where my blood went and whom was/were the recipients, and I realise that it is illegal for them to provide any information other than in general terms. 

It gladdens my heart that in some way I have helped a little child, although of course I would greatly prefer that the child was not ill or in hospital in the first place.  

I am going to keep donating for as long as I am able.

If you feel you are able to donate please consider doing so . . a pint donated can save three lives and there is nothing more precious we can give someone than our own living blood and in a way breathe life into them.  Thank you. . . . :)




47 comments:

  1. How very nice! I had that same feeling when I cut off my long hair to have a wig made for a child with cancer.

    But the shocking part of all of this is that you text! I didn't know men as old as you could do that! hahahaha...

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    1. Cheeky monkey . . . . haha
      You'd be surprised what men as old as me can do . . lol

      Nice of you to donate your hair . . . :)

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  2. So glad to hear you donate blood, Eddie. My dad received 7 life saving pints a couple of years ago during an emergency, open, abdominal aortic aneurysm repair. He wouldn't have lived without it. Unselfish acts go a long way.

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    1. Thanks Michelle . . So glad your dad is ok ~ that is a nasty condition and so pleased you still have him. . . . :)

      Must get on and learn bee keeping to make me a big strong boy so I can carry on . . . lol

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  3. HI Eddie....
    Good stuff....you must be pleased.
    Miss V and I had a lovely tea party this afternoon...fed....bathed....I am pooped!
    Give me strength!
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. Well I think it is good stuff ~ it's the right colour . . . lol
      Glad youi are having fun with Miss V.

      Yes we could all do with more strngth. Michelle keeps bees ~ try honey, honey . . I am tempted. The cottage would be great. . . :)

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  4. Hi Eddie - they didn't want my blood ... I'd come back from Africa and Aids was rife ... then I could do with some of Betsy's hair ... something went wrong with my hair genes!!

    But how lovely they texted and told you where your donation had gone to ... that's great and as you say encouraging you to keep going ... cheers Hilary

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    1. Yes . . . they are very worried about Aids and some others like CJD and Hepatitis.
      My late wife could have done with some of Betsy'd hair too.

      Yes it was a nice touch to have that feedback from them . . . cheers, Eddie x


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  5. I would give blood if I could but they won't take mine after chemo and radiotherapy!
    You've done very well over the years and it's especially wonderful to save the lives of poorly children but to help save any life is a wonderful thing! Maggie x

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    1. Yes, I know you would Maggie ~ I'll do it for as long as I can . . . :) Eddie x

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  6. How uplifting! And there is certainly something extra-special about finding out that it was a child you helped. I am sure you feel that even more with your grandbabies. xox

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    1. Thanks Suzie and yes, having little ones makes it more relevant . . . :) xox

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  7. That IS nice to hear. I remember that years ago, my aunt who was a registered blood donor was called to ask if she would donate some of her rare blood type for an infant in dire need. She didn't need her arm twisted.. just poked. Child turned out fine. It made her year.

    It's been a few years since I've donated - mostly because I've not heard of donor clinics in the areas I've been living most recently. But now I think I will actively seek it out. Thanks for that.

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    1. Thanks Hilary and I am glad your aunt was able to help . .
      Hope you are able to find a donor clinic . . . :) x

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  8. That is grand indeed.
    A great text to take seed.
    All would rather they never need it
    But helps them bit by bit
    Or drop by drop
    Sure never a flop

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    1. They've had from me blood in plenty
      After 107 my left arm's empty . . . . . lol

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  9. Such a great and honorable deed. many lives are saving when people donate their blood. Kudos to you Eddie for donating for so many years. Thanks for your visit....now you can make a bird house with a heart shaped door....LOL. Happy Sunday.

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    1. Thank you Linda ~ I am very glad to be able to help . . :)

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  10. That is very cool to know where your donation went. I can't give blood because I'm under the weight limit for donating blood, but I appreciate the people who can and do.

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    1. Thanks SAW . . . and yes, it is nice to know a child will benefit . . :)

      I am sure you would donate if you could. . . :)

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  11. What an important post! I wonder if getting a note like that would encourage people to donate more often. When you donate blood, it's so easy to feel removed from what happens next. Knowing it went to someone who needed it and specifically where that was would make a difference for me, I think.

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    1. Yes, it makes a real difference although they are limited to the amount of detail they can convey. But a generalisation does help.

      Thank you Stephanie and I am sure there is precious blood coursing through those pretty little veins . . :)

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  12. I gave blood regularly and got up to around 75 or 80 donations I think, but have been taking blood thinners and they don't want my blood any more. Lovely quality blood it is, too!

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  13. I gave blood regularly and got up to around 75 or 80 donations I think, but have been taking blood thinners and they don't want my blood any more. Lovely quality blood it is, too!

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    1. As I said, great performance but same you can't give anymore . . :)

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  14. No one is interested in my blood, Eddy, not being healthy and all. You're one of the good guys. That much I know.

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    1. Guess I am just one of the lucky ones, Blue . . . . :)

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    2. Good, lucky and handsome... and rolled up in one guy. I should feel jealous. I just should.

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    3. With a name like that you should have blue blood as our aristocracy is fabled to have . . . :)

      You are too kind, Blue, nothing special too it old chap . . :)

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    4. Blue blood... I wish. Hope you are doing fine, Eddie :))

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    5. Hi Blue . . . yes. I'm ok thanks but very busy and having a blog break. Hope to post soon about a Project I am working on. Hope you are ok . . :)

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  15. You inspire a lot of us. Keep inspiring. All the very best.

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    1. I shall try . . and thank you . . :)

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  16. Thank you for your continued donation of blood. You have likely saved countless numbers of lives.
    What a blessing to receive the email concerning the organization to which your gift of life was sent. May God continue to bless you, Eddie.

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    1. Thank you Jackie . . . . hugs to you, my friend . . :)

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  17. What a great message Eddie! Good for you for inspiring and helping others. I'm sure you've saved a great number of lives over the years and continue to do so. Great post! Silvana

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    1. Thanks Joanne ~ I have often wondered whether I might have . . . :)

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  18. I donated around 75 times but now have to take blood thinner medication so they don't want me any more. Boohoo! I always enjoyed going to give blood, knowing that I was helpoing someone who needs it, and of course there was the promise of juice and cookies afterwards. But you are right, every donation counts, and I am sure you have helped save a life or two. Well done.

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    1. Thanks Sham . . . 75 times is very good and I am sure you have saved some lives as well. We get coffee/tea or soft drinks plus biscuits (maybe your cookie equivalents but in previous generations they got beer . . . lol

      Funny thing I am donating again od 30th Sept . . :)

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  20. Giving blood is a wonderful thing to do. I have attempted several times but my iron levels are always just slightly low and they send me away. Not low enough to declare me anemic, just a smidge below what is accepted. Too bad. Maybe I'll try again sometime.
    :0)

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    1. Thanks Martha ~ very nice of you to try . . :)

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  21. Eddie.... no more blogging??????? Hope all is OK.

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    1. Thanks 'Sham' . . yes ok but very busy with various projects. Will post about one soon . Very nice of you to call ~ very best wishes . . . . Eddie x

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    2. Good, glad you are busy and keeping out of trouble. Or do I mean keeping IN trouble?

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    3. lol . . . ah! that would be telling. Are you on Facebook? I did a post there tonight ~ Edwin Rigg . . :)

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