It is our life force. It is a clever fluid that carries oxygen to our cells. It takes our every breath, to every part of our bodies. And then it lets us breathe out again. In. And out. In. And out. And repeat.
Without it our cells would be gasping, asphyxiated.
And we would die.
It looks alarming when we see it outside the precious tubes of our arterial network. It is so bright, so vivid, and so shiny that it almost seems to have a life all of its own. If you look at a drop of blood closely it seems somehow thick with vibrancy and hope. A crimson lustre, full of promise and potential.
It scarlet-shouts at us: lookatme lookatme lookatme. Full of its own importance, for it knows: without it, we would die.
Most of us don’t think much about it.
From time to time some of it may leak out of us, in scratches and cuts and scrapes, and we wipe it efficiently away- red blots on white tissues- and discard it without a mind, for we know our clever bodies will make more and more and more. And repeat as required.
For without it, we would die.
But sometimes people can lose more than they can make.
And sometimes, some bodies have diseases that break down the blood too quickly.
And some other people, through no fault nor folly of their own, make thousands and thousands of the ruby red discs, but those bloody little frisbees are left wanting: wrong shape, fuzzy edges or missing some parts, so the intelligence of the body sends them to the liver. For termination.
And yet, without these biconcave saucers: they will die.
This child is one of those.
Thankfully, she doesn’t need your blood this week, but one day soon, she will.
Please, roll up your sleeve, and share some of your carmine elixir of life. You’ll make some more, I promise. In fact, you’ll do it without even knowing.
She, however, simply can not.
Blood stores are at a critically low level at present, so you will be hearing me parp on about this all week.
Please call 139596 to make an appointment, or visit the Red Cross Website to find a location, check your eligibility, or share this information with your friends.
Not everyone CAN donate, so those of us who are able to, have the ability to SAVE A LIFE… I think that’s a super-power.
…Thanks and Love, From The Ashers xx