Many of you might be wondering why this heading and what on the earth it means. Sorry for the suspense people its World Blood Donor’s Day today as per Insta & FB. So on this day i will like to say thank you to all the people who I know and don’t know, who has donated Blood even once in their life.
As you all know that this topic is very close to my heart and many of the people’s life depends on daily basis or in emergent cases. But whatever the need maybe the fulfilment leads to dire results many a times had witnessed it personally. I think it was Covid 1st wave April Mid and for my regular transfusions the blood bank gave a red signal that your blood group is currently not available and the overall blood and its related products are in a short supply. (I was like WTF) Although after lot of calls here and there and few favours collected it was done a day late (but not a dollar short) and i was refuelled to keep moving for the next fortnight. (Thank you Unknown Angel). After all this fiasco a brother (who wish not to be named) came forward along with couple of more guys to intervene the situation and act as my personal blood bank because they were of the same group and were always a text away for any time donation.
This got me thinking during that time, what would have happened if arrangement didn’t happened on time and me and my family & friend’s connections wouldn’t have worked in my favour..??? Apart from that how did the people who are not well connected faced the severe shortage of a necessary element…??? (Thanks once again Donor Angels & God) Although we have came a long way in last couple of decades earlier people were too hesitant to come forward for blood donation and after effort of red cross and other organisations situation has improved a lot, still a long way to go in my honest opinion.
Dear readers if you have not did a blood donation till now and “IF” physically you are allowed / able to do so then it is my humble request please try doing it once (Don’t forget eating cookie & juice after it). And for the Donor Angels thank you once again from bottom of my heart to keep doing the super work.
I was born on 27.9.1985 and was looking like a happy & normal child but few months in and doctors started noticing a week and anaemic kid and did some tests which were normal. In short they didn’t had a clue whats happening.
Just to give you a brief sense on what Thalassemia is, it is a blood disorder which is passed down to every generation unwillingly. For rest of the knowledge please enjoy reading google, i am pretty sure there will be better info there then me sharing here.
So, unknowingly both my parents were thalassemia carriers and i came out to be Beta Thalassemia Major “this kind of heavy name is definitely suiting my personality for sure”. Then it was detected in June of 1986 that I have Thalassemia Major and as per the doctor of that time who delivered the news I will be needing blood transfusions in every 15 days all my life and my life expectancy will be not more then 11 – 12 years. So that day my Mom & Dad took a challenge keeping me in mind that we will fight this till a solution comes through medical advancements. So from that day i was kept as a normal kid and was allowed to function as a normal kid only…
Doctor visits was routine for me and transfusions were like an additional Sunday. But as Age progressed to 16 – 17 the side effects of thalassemia started showing on thorough check ups doctor gave me severe osteoporosis and severe hormonal imbalance & some more to live with…
But with all this and proper care given by family I am able to fight and win against Thalassemia and sometimes I feel it has turned from my ailment to my strength. Since long when I can remember I was taught by my parents to stay happy and stay positive always. Maybe that’s why i don’t take much load of anything in my life.
For me life is one transfusion to other transfusion and then in the middle…
it was just recent my transfusion got free at 11 AM and I was in my office at 11.30 resuming my work… so I think after 33 years it just don’t matters much, more of a part of life kind of a thing for us.
I remember it was one post transfusion after noon approx 12.30 and i was in office with my medical tape just to cover the location where the needle was pricked for transfusion. So this guy who himself is a doctor caught this and recognised the bandage (Even after my super try to hide it under the watch) and asked, bro what happened…??? So i gave him a reply bro just got free from my transfusion and as our meeting was fixed regarding your car, So i am here for your help. And I swear the guy lost his mind and he started pressuring me to go and have rest and argued a lot for me to be not there that time.
I think, keep walking ahead spirit comes to us Thalassemia kids by birth somehow as few of other thalassemia kids who I know in Ajmer are also same type of me. So its nothing special for us.