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As you are reading this, a child in hospital is receiving a blood transfusion. A girl is learning how to smile again, as she recovers from leukaemia. In another ward, an old man is being treated for severe burns.
hey all rely on blood donation from healthy people like you…
You could be investing in your own future as well as saving someone’s life, Because who knows if you or one of your friends or family will need a blood transfusion one day? God forbid.
Who can become a donor?
Practically anyone, as long as you’re over 18, under 60 and in good health.
What blood groups are needed?
All groups, especially the most common which we can never have enough of.
Where can I give blood?
The main collection facility is Central Blood Bank in Jabriya, as well as its four fixed satellite branches distributed in different areas in Kuwait, Amiri Hospital, Adan hospital, Jahra hospital and the Red Crescent Society.
How long does it take?
The donation actually takes ten to fifteen minutes, but the whole process, takes about thirty five minutes from registration to the end of the rest period.
How is it done?
There are three steps:
1. First Step
We must first make sure you are fit enough to give blood, and that giving blood will cause you no harm. We also have to make sure your blood will be safe for the patient who’ll receive it. That is why we will check your blood and ask you to complete a health questionnaire with the help of one of our doctors or nurses.
2. The Questionnaire
After a few quick questions, a registered health care professional, -a doctor or a nurse will ask about your health. Your answers will be treated in the strictest confidence. They are routine enquiries which must be made for all volunteers before their donation is accepted.
If you don’t qualify as a donor this time, we will explain why and give you all the advice you need. If you do qualify we will ask you to sign that you are happy for us to test your blood later in the laboratory, the test will tell us your blood group and will screen for any infection that may be transmitted in blood such as hepatitis viruses (which cause jaundice) and human immunodeficiency viruses (HIV); if any of these positive tests shows you cannot became a donor, we will explain why and give you all the advice you need in the strictest confidence.
3. Haemoglobin Screening
Do not worry that giving blood could affect your own health. We will only collect blood from those who can spare it! All volunteers are screened to ensure that a donation will not make them anaemic. This is done by collecting a tiny drop of blood from your finger, the test may show that you cannot spare a full donation on that day. If so, we will tell you what you should do.
Honestly, does it hurt?
Giving blood is normally quick and painless. After haemoglobin screening you’ll be settled on a bed with a band wrapped around your upper arm. The skin on the inside of your elbow will then be thoroughly cleaned.
Next, the band will be tightened just enough to make the veins stand out. A sterile needle is inserted to collect your blood. Most donors are pleasantly surprised at just how soon it’s all over. In about five to ten minutes we’ll have collected 450ml (about a pint). Firm pressure is applied as the needle comes out and a light dressing is placed on the arm once bleeding has stopped.
Is there any risk?
All donations are taken by trained staff. These staff never work without the supervision of a doctor or nurse. Every piece of equipment used is sterile and never used again. There’s no risk of a donor becoming infected in any way.
A very small number of donors sometimes feel a little hot or faint after giving blood, or experience minor bruising where the needle went in, but this is rare and is not generally a cause for concern.
What will I get out of giving blood?
Health screening tests: Every donor undergoes a physical, medical and laboratory
check up, where the blood is screened for all transmittable diseases such as hepatitis B and C HTLV, HIV, malaria and syphilis.
Headache relief: A number of donors have a higher number of red cells than the normal for natural reasons which increases the viscosity of blood and therefore creates a headache. Donating blood will relieve this symptom.
High blood pressure: Donating blood will help to reduce the high blood pressure, providing that you do not suffer any complication such as heart diseases.
Helping others: Becoming a donor is an act that benefits many. It is a way of helping others less fortunate than ourselves in our community.
Life after all is the greatest gift that a person can give.
Heart trouble: Research proved without any doubt that incidents of heart diseases between donors are less than non donors.
Knowing that one has helped in saving someone’s life can give the individual a great feeling of satisfaction and this is a reward in itself.
More than half of us don’t have a clue as to what to do in an emergency — even if simple first aid skills are all that are needed, says a survey. This is worrying, as we should all have a basic understanding of what to do in potentially life-threatening situations.
In an emergency, the most important thing is to stay calm. There’s no excuse for not being prepared. After all, you’d never forgive yourself if you ended up in a situation where you could have saved a life if only you’d known what to do.
Know your ABCs
If someone loses consciousness, you should check…
Airways : Ensure there’s nothing in the person’s mouth. Then, open the airway by laying him/her on the back and tilting the head backwards.
Breathing: Listen for breaths and look to see if the chest is moving. If not, you should begin rescue breaths. Pinch his/her nose. Take a big breath. Cover the mouth with yours and breathe out. When the person’s chest rises, remove your lips. Repeat for five breaths — one every three seconds.
Circulation: Use your first two fingers to check the wrist or neck for a pulse. If there is no pulse, begin chest compressions — push on the centre of the person’s chest with the heel of your hand, then release. Repeat 30 times, at the rate of 100 compressions a minute. Continue giving two rescue breaths followed by 30 compressions until he/she start breathing or help arrives.
The recovery position: If someone is breathing, place him/her in the recovery position. Lay the person on his/her side, with one leg higher than the other so that the person can’t roll back or forward. Then tilt the chin up to keep the airway open.
Six emergencies that test your first aid skills
You’re out for a meal with a friend when she starts choking…
What to do: Bend her over a chair and slap her sharply between the shoulder blades five times. If that doesn’t work, ask someone else to call for help, while you try abdominal thrusts. Stand behind her and place your fist between her naval and the bottom of her rib cage. Grasp your fist with your other hand and forcefully press inward and upward. Repeat five times.
How serious is it: If she can’t breathe, speak or is going blue, it’s very serious as she is being deprived of oxygen.
You cut your finger deep while cooking
What to do: Raise your arm above your heart and press on either side of the finger to block the arteries that run down the sides of each finger.
How serious is it: After 45 seconds, check if the bleeding has stopped. If it’s slowed to a gentle ooze, keep applying pressure until the blood clots. If blood is still spurting out and the cut is very deep, you may have hit an artery. Continue to apply pressure and get a friend or family member to drive you to your nearest casualty department.
Your teen comes home drunk and vomiting…
What to do: Make your ward sit up. Don’t force him/her to drink water or to get into the shower. If the teen has passed out, lay him/her in the recovery position and watch over to ensure he/she doesn’t roll over.
How serious is it: Ask him/her if he/she knows what day it is. If he/she can answer while standing unaided, it’s probably not too bad. But if there’s no answer or he/she has passed out, it’s more serious.
Your husband pours scalding water on his hand…
What to do: Cool the burn with cold tap water or milk for at least 10 minutes. Remove his clothing before any swelling starts, but don’t remove clothing stuck to the burn. Be careful not to touch the burnt area. Once cooled, cover with a sterile dressing to prevent infection. Any clean, non-fluffy material will do — such as a tea towel or freezer bag.
How serious is it: Minor burns heal quickly. But if he’s in severe pain, develops blisters or the burn is large, seek medical help.
A colleague has an epileptic seizure…
What to do: Don’t touch or restrain him/her and never put anything in the person’s mouth. Remove all dangerous objects from the surrounding area so that the person does not hurt his/her self, and call for help. If you’re on your own, stay with the person and keep reassuring them that things will be okay. Once the seizure is over, put him/her in the recovery position and wait for paramedics.
How serious is it: Seizures have the potential to be fatal. So, you must act quickly.
ESSAY FROM A CHILD
A teacher from Primary School asks her students to write a essay about what they would like God to do for them..
.At the end of the day while marking the essays, she read one that made her very emotional.
Her husband, that had just walked in saw her crying& asked her:- What happened? She answered-
Read this. It’s one of my students essays ‘Oh God, tonight I ask you something very special: Make me into a television. I want to take its place. Live like the TV in my house. Have my own special place, And have my family around ME. To be taken seriously when I talk…. I want to be the centre of attention and be heard without interruptions or questions. I want to receive the same. special care that the TV receives when it is not working.
Have the company of my dad when he arrives home from work, even when he is tired. And I want my mom to want me when she is sad and upset, instead of ignoring me… And… I want my brothers to fight to be with me… I want to feel that family just leaves everything aside, every now and then, just to spend some time with me.
And last but not least make it that I can make them all happy and entertain them..
Lord I don’t ask you for much… I just want to live like every TV.
After reading this, please consider how much time you spend on TV compared to the time spent with your child.
Switch off that TV and make your bonding with your child, stronger.
Psychologists (in fact all doctors) should prescribe this as a remedy all parents.
We always hear "the rules" from the female side. Now here are the rules from the male side. These are our rules!
Please note... these are all numbered "1" ON PURPOSE!
1. Learn to work the toilet seat. You're a big girl. If it's up, put it down. We need it up, you need it down. You don't hear us complaining about you leaving it down.
1. Sunday = sports. It's like the full moon or the changing of the tides. Let it be.
1. Shopping is NOT a sport. And no, we are never going to think of it that way.
1. Crying is blackmail.
1. Ask for what you want. Let us be clear on this one: Subtle hints do not work! Strong hints do not work! Obvious hints do not work! Just say it!
1. Yes, and No are perfectly acceptable answers to almost every question.
1. Come to us with a problem only if you want help solving it. That's what we do. Sympathy is what your girlfriends are for.
1. A headache that lasts for 17 months is a problem. See a doctor.
1. Anything we said 6 months ago is inadmissible in an argument. In fact, all comments become null and void after 7 days.
1. If you won't dress like the Victoria's Secret girls, don't expect us to act like soap opera guys.
1. If you think you're fat, you probably are. Don't ask us.
1. If something we said can be interpreted two ways, and one of the ways makes you sad or angry, we meant the other one.
1. You can either ask us to do something or tell us how you want it done. Not both. If you already know best how to do it, just do it yourself.
1. Whenever possible, please say whatever you have to say during commercials.
1. Christopher Columbus did not need directions and neither do we.
1. ALL men see in only 16 colors, like Windows default settings. Peach, for example, is a fruit, not a color. Pumpkin is also a fruit. We have no idea what mauve is.
1. If it itches, it will be scratched. We do that.
1. If we ask what is wrong and you say "nothing," we will act like nothing's wrong. We know you are lying, but it is just not worth the hassle.
1. If you ask a question you don't want an answer to, expect an answer you don't want to hear.
1. When we have to go somewhere, absolutely anything you wear is fine. Really.
1. Don't ask us what we're thinking about unless you are prepared to discuss such topics as baseball, the shotgun formation, or monster trucks.
1. You have enough clothes.
1. You have too many shoes.
1. I am in shape. Round is a shape.
1. Thank you for reading this; Yes, I know, I have to sleep on the couch tonight, but did you know men really don't mind that, it's like camping.
Billionaire Warren Buffett shares his business lessons and wisdom.
Here are the hi-lites:
When do you decide to invest in a firm?
The best thing that happens to us is when a great company gets into temporary trouble. We want to buy them when they’re on the operating table. (Mr. Buffett bought Coke when it had its biggest fiasco after launching New Coke; he bought American Express when it went through a loss making phase in the early 60’s)
What do you look for in people when they come to sell their firms to you?
I don’t look for the usual credentials such as an MBA, a pedigree (Harvard, Wharton), or cash reserves or market cap of their firm.
What I look for is just a passion in their eyes; I think that’s the key. A person who is hungry will always do well. I prefer it when people even after selling stay on and work for the firm; they are people who can’t wait to get off their bed to get to work. Passion is everything; there is no replacement for innate interest.
Why do stock market crashes happen?
Because of human nature for greed and insecurity. The 1970s were unbelievable. The world wasn’t going to end, but businesses were being given away. Human nature has not changed. People will always behave in a manic-depressive way over time. They will offer great values to you.”
What are the things that are taught wrong in Business school and the corporate world?
I like such open ended questions, I think Business schools should refrain from teaching their wards about profit making and profit making alone, it gives a sense of 1 dimensional outlook to the young students that loss is a curse. In reality, in the corporate world, failure and loss making are inevitable. The capital market without loss is like Christianity without hell. I think they should teach the student on how to buy a business, how to value a business? Not just on how to determine the price of a business. Because price is what you pay, value is what you get.
How do you feel after donating $ 40 Billion to the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation? You are a hero to us!
I feel nothing. I haven’t sacrificed anything in life. I have had a good life. I donated after I turned 75. I think I admire those people who sacrifice their time, share their food and home, as the people to be emulated not me. Besides, what is money before a man’s life?
What do you think are the pitfalls in donation?
I have never donated a dime to churches or other such organizations; I need to believe in something before I end up doing that. I have been observing the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation for years now and I am confident they will do a fantastic job of making use of the money. I am a big believer in Outsourcing, others believed in me as an Investor and gave their hard earned money to invest. I believe in Bill Gates, he is a better donor than me.
You seem to be so well read, tell us how it all started.
My father was a stock broker, so we had all these financial books in our library. He introduced me to those classics and I got into them. I am lucky that my father was not a fan of Playboy! Reading is the best habit you can get. Well, you can learn from teachers too, and have mentors but there are so many constraints attached- they will talk fast, talk slow, they might talk like a pro or they might be terrible communicators. Books are a different animal altogether, I love reading! The beauty about reading and learning is that the more you learn the more you want to learn.
What is the 1 biggest advice you would impart to a young investor like me?
Think for a moment that you are given a car and told this is the only car you would get for the rest of your life. Then you would make sure that you car is taken care of well, it is oiled and detailed every now and then. You would make sure that it never gets rusted, and you would garage it. Think of yourself as that car. You just get 1 body, 1 mind and 1 soul. Take care of it well. Invest in yourself that would be my advice.
So, what is your roadmap to becoming a billionaire?
According to press article,
Scientists have claimed that when a man refuses to apologize to a woman for something wrong he has done, he could put her at risk of a heart attack.
A study has found that women who are starved of an apology for rude or hurtful behaviour suffer an increase in blood pressure, which can raise the risk of a heart attack or stroke.
The research also showed that those who hear a well timed sorry calm down more quickly, with their blood pressure returning to normal 20% faster. On the other hand, a mans blood pressure takes 20% longer to recover after an apology suggesting men become more worked up after hearing an admission of guilt.
Results of tests indicate that there are potentially healthy benefits to forgiveness and apology.
So guys, go ahead and say “Sorry” (of course, alongwith “I love you”), if you wanna enjoy your married bliss life longer.
‘Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away,’
Think about this.. You may not realize it, but it’s 100% true.
1. At least 2 people in this world love you so much that they would die for you.
2.. At least 15 people in this world love you in some way.
3. A smile from you can bring happiness to anyone, even if they don’t like you.
4. Every night, SOMEONE thinks about you before they go to sleep.
5. You mean the world to someone
6. If not for you, someone may not be living.
7. You are special and unique.
8. When you think you have no chance of getting what you want, you probably won’t get it, but if you trust God to do what’s best, and wait on His time, sooner or later, you will get it or something better.
9. When you make the biggest mistake ever,something good can still come from it.
10. When you think the world has turned its back on you, take a look; you most likely turned your back on the world.
11. Someone that you don’t even know exist, loves you.
12. Always remember the compliments you received. Forget about the rude remarks.
13. Always tell someone how you feel about them; you will feel much better when they know and you’ll both be happy.
14. If you have a great friend, take the time to let them know that they are great.