Give Blood

Give Blood

If you Google “James Harrison,” you’ll see a long list of websites about a Cincinnati Bengals football player.  If you Google “James Harrison blood,” you’ll discover the “Man with the Golden Arm.”  And he didn’t earn that title playing football.  When Harrison was 13, he needed major chest surgery, which required 12 liters of blood.  Upon the realization that blood donors had saved his life, he vowed to donate blood when he turned 18.  It just so happened that his blood contains

an unusually strong and persistent antibody… given to Rh(D) negative mothers of unknown or Rh(D) positive babies during and after pregnancy to prevent the creation of antibodies to the blood of a Rh(D) positive child… His blood plasma derivatives have since been given as treatment to one in ten pregnant women whose blood could potentially become incompatible with that of their children.

His blood has been estimated to have saved over 2 million babies.  I actually received such an injection during my first pregnancy, because I have Rh (D) negative blood.

I’m scheduled to donate blood on Monday.  Aside from the most obvious reasons to donate blood, there are other perks.  Every time you donate blood, you get a free mini-physical.  Anemia is a condition that develops when your blood lacks enough healthy red blood cells or hemoglobin.  Ever since my first blood test, I’ve been anemic.  However, because of the regular blood tests to monitor my iron levels (you can’t donate if your iron is too low), I was able to identify the source of my chronic anemia.  Through trial and error, I discovered that for me, a low carb, high protein diet prevents anemia.  And speaking of high protein…

If you live in Florida, you can get a free Outback Steakhouse dinner if you donate twice between June and September.


  • Mary Vanderplas July 27, 2013 at 6:14 am

    Wow – what a neat story of someone giving back and in doing so making a major difference for good. I can’t help but see God’s providential hand in the widespread impact that his becoming a blood donor has had. How neat, too, that you have followed this person’s example and that (providentially) you have benefited in a significant way from donating regularly.

    Thanks for the encouragement to join the ranks of those who give the gift of life. I have to confess that neither the thought of staying up on my health by getting my blood tested regularly nor the offer of a free steak dinner if I donate soon and twice is enough to quell my (irrational) fear of needles. I’ll think about it, though. Certainly, you’re right that this is a good and relatively low-cost way for ordinary people to make a difference. And I appreciate your pointing out the added benefits of donating.

  • Erik miller June 13, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    I have recently become aware that God gives all believers spiritual gifts. One of them is the power to heal according to the bible. I thought to myself, this is Old Testament period of time. Surely this does not exist today. THEN I read the story about James Harrison. Get my point?

    • Alice Spicer June 14, 2015 at 8:53 pm

      I get it. Healing doesn’t have to be supernatural to be a gift from God.

    • Lanny A. Eichert June 14, 2015 at 9:46 pm

      Erik, Alice’s site which you are reading is a heretical promotion of universal reconciliation and a denial of everlasting torment. She refuses, as of late, to reconcile Mosess and Elijah’s intelligent post-mortem conversation on the Mount of Transfiguration with Jesus in the hearing of His disciples as proof of intelligent conscious torment of all unbelievers from the moment of their physical deaths with her unsupportable heresy. She’ll not face reality and she refuses orthodox Christianity which has stood the test of the ages. What she has written should be taken as a pebble in your shoe. She doesn’t know what a real believer is, so beware of taking her material seriously. She hasn’t been born again nor been regenerated so what you read is NOT supported by a perfect literal Holy Bible. She doesn’t have a foundation of truth. No one does who denies the perfection of God’s Holy Bible.

  • Lanny A. Eichert June 14, 2015 at 10:08 pm

    Erik, it also looks like she’s gone to her #comment-70541 as the one size fits all answer in her frustration and annoyance of my posts, but she will not admit she has no REAL answers. How could she without a perfect literal Holy Bible. All she’s got is what she thinks, not what God says. God demonstrated in Moses’ and Elijah’s conversation with Jesus physical death does NOT terminate mankind’s intelligent consciousness, hence everlasting torment and absolutely no reconciliation of unbelievers after physical death. She’s putting her hands over her eyes as a child rebelling against God because she’s been burnt by several bad church experiences.

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