Your eyes are closed; illuminating your eyelids are the red and white lights of an ambulance – It helps keep you conscious. Pain forks down your left side as you endure a migraine more painful than anything you’ve ever experienced. You feel the cold metal of a stretcher on your forearms, but can’t move them. You can barely hold a squint long enough to see the florescent lights of a hallway rushing by. Silhouettes of doctors hover over you; one of them puts a mask over your face. Panic strikes at first! But then – Relief! Breathing’s easier now. Darkness begins to close in around you. Someone calls out your name, “Stay with me!”
As your consciousness makes its final stand, you remember… *blinding headlights, glass shattering*…
You’ve been in a car accident.
Darkness. It takes all your effort to pry your own eyelids open again, as though they’ve been closed for weeks. You look to your right; sitting by the window is your family. You look left; attached to your arm is a bag filled with blood. It’s labeled “Donor: O-“.
This is the reality one Canadian faces, on average, every minute of every day across Canada. In fact, according to a recent poll, 52 per cent of Canadians either say they, or a family member, have needed blood or blood products for surgery or for medical treatment.
The good news is that one blood donation – in just one hour – can save a life.
What if it was you?