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October brings out the pranks and parties, in addition to the vampire jokes directed at blood-collections staff with Carter BloodCare.

Carter staff expect some vampire jokes when they are parked in the Hamilton General Hospital parking lot from noon to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, to receive blood donations.

While it is all intended for fun, some blood donors do feel uneasy anticipating the needle sticks. One suggestion for those donors is to consider the person who might receive the donated gift of blood.

Patients receiving blood transfusions are often the sickest hospital patients. They typically endure several needle sticks in the process of receiving medical care. Remembering someone else’s pain and suffering can ease the thought of a brief pinch that might be felt during blood donation. There is no substitute for human blood; therefore, no substitute for blood donors.

It takes about an hour to give one pint of whole blood and save three lives. Blood transfusion can do more than save a life – it can provide hope and renewed energy for folks who battle chronic blood disorders while working and living life.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Your blood donations can help breast cancer patients who may require blood transfusions of red cells or platelets. According to the American Cancer Society, most chemotherapy drugs affect blood-producing cells in the bone marrow. This can lead to low blood cell counts that put the patient at higher risk for life-threatening infections or internal bleeding. Surgical treatments might also lead to blood loss and a doctor’s order for a blood transfusion.

Remember to eat a nutritious meal and drink plenty of water one to two hours before giving blood. All donors must weigh at least 110 pounds, feel well on the day of donation, and present a government-issued photo ID each time they give blood.

Potential blood donors may volunteer beginning at age 16 with parental consent; 17-year-olds may give independently and there is no upper age limit for donating blood. For more information on donor eligibility and to make an appointment, call 1-800-366-2834, visit carterbloodcare.org or contact Sara Young at 254-386-1958.

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