I had an unexpected reaction today. I was going to the grocery store, and when I pulled into the parking lot there was a blood mobile. Suddenly, my eyes were wet with tears. This was totally out of the blue and I didn’t even really know why it had this effect on me. I was not sobbing, just tearing up a little. Surprised by this, I waited in the car until it passed, wondering what in the world caused this sudden reaction.
I concluded that I am deeply grateful for those who give blood. I thought about the person that gave the blood that I now have pumping through my veins and a deep appreciation welled up in my heart. I know that people who are regular givers do not think it is a big deal. They just do it. I want to tell them, that to those of us who get the blood, it IS a big deal…a very big deal. I thought back to how much better I felt after my transfusion and thanked God for blood drives, blood mobiles, and nurses that care. I also asked him to bless the one that contributed to my well-being. For those of you that are regular givers…THANK YOU! God bless you for your diligence and compassion.