Happened to read another blog that mentioned blood donations. In Sweden I'd thought of giving blood, but quickly dismissed the idea after hearing that they do not want blood from black people (true story, they're not interested in black blood, no matter how healthy, several people have been rejected). Oh well, their loss, I guess.
In Ghana, I'm not sure if there are any regular blood-giving drives. Have heard of an NGO having a blood-giving day once, but since then, I haven't heard anything else. Will have to investigate further.
Katerina, the blogger, speaks passionately about feeling refreshed after donating blood. Well, I think we'd all feel good, knowing we may have saved three people's lives. Of course, I don't know what an anaemic person like myself is thinking, my blood's useless to them! But what Katerina said really made me start thinking.
Imagine your blood flowing in another persons blood streams. Isn't that amazing? I wonder how spiritual people look at it. Surely some people will feel part of the person will disappear with the blood. What an influence one could then be in another person's life! I would love to have my blood flowing in a KKK leader's veins. How confused he would be!
Meanwhile, I wonder how the idea of giving blood is handled in Ghana. I remember some years ago, and maybe even now, people didn't want human hair extensions just in case there was something evil in that other person's hair. How much stronger wouldn't that "evil" be in the person's blood?! But I guess in sickness, you leave these thoughts aside and choose life.
What are your thoughs on giving blood? Done it before? Done it in Ghana? Tell me!
For now the only blood donations I am doing...are to those damn mosquitos!