Your Story: Blood donors saved my life
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I WANTED to share my story and encourage people to donate blood and plasma.
Four weeks ago I fell ill and thought it was a simple bladder infection.
I had typical symptoms - bladder pressure, blood in the urine, feeling uncomfortable.
After a few days I started to feel very nauseous and knew something was wrong.
Never did we expect the outcome.
I ended up going to the Gladstone Hospital, which was fantastic.
They took blood and within an hour discovered I was in acute renal failure.
It came from nowhere, with no signs of anything except an uncomfortable bladder.
I was transferred to the Rocky Hospital by ambulance the next day.
I spent a week in the Rocky Hospital and then transferred to the Royal Brisbane for treatment and specialised meds.
In Brisbane I had to have replacement plasma to take mine out to clean out the bad antibodies attacking my kidneys.
I had to have seven plasma treatments. Some were replacements and some was donated plasma.
I returned to Rocky after two weeks in Brisbane, and after blood tests, discovered I needed a blood transfusion, which also came from nowhere.
Without the donated plasma and blood I would've been in a life-threatening situation.
So thanks to the donors of the blood and the plasma. You saved my life.
Things do happen without warning in life, and it must be very fulfilling to know your blood or plasma has saved someone's life.
Mine was one of them, so please, if you're healthy and want to do something spectacular and save lives, donate to the blood bank.
You can never be sure - it might be you that needs it.
It will take months now of dialysis and meds, but I'm doing okay and in recovery mode.
It has been a hard, long slog, but I'm still here thanks to those people who donated.
As the saying goes, your blood's worth bottling, and from where I stand it damn well sure is.
It saved my life, no joke.
More donors needed
THE Australian Red Cross Blood Service in Gladstone has had a higher than usual cancellation rate because of the flu season.
A minimum of 500 new donors is needed this financial year.
The donor centre is at Gladstone Hospital in Kent St. It's open Monday to Saturday.
Anyone wanting information on donating blood can phone 13 14 95.