Losing is good

TGIF! Today is one of the “nothing interests me” days. I feel like doing nothing, although on second thoughts that sound funny, how can I be doing nothing when I am doing nothing: P. Everything seems very boring, even calling my friends/loved ones! May be this is a best day to sit on a bean bag and watch soap operas and don’t even bother to change channel during commercials. That’s Lethargic!

Yesterday I donated blood. Although I have donated a bunch of times before, it’s my first time in Singapore. So they put a sticker on me which said “Treat me nice, this is my first time". Unlike in India, the registration and screening itself is a 20 plus minutes process. After filling a 3 page form, medical history consultation, and the finger-pricking-Haemoglobin test (they have a better pain less instrument though), I was given a local anaesthesia! That's comfort!

They asked me if I am feeling okay (which they did umpteen times) after the donation, and I replied “I am little tired but ok “. In less than 2 seconds, 3 nurses rushed to check on me. They even arranged the bed in such a way that my head was down and legs were up in the air! No need to mention about the after care and variety of refreshments I was compelled to take =) I was even given iron tablets to consume for a week. That’s commendable!

I learned that more frequently the Red blood cells are separated from the whole blood and stored with additive solution to increase their shelf life (max 42 days!) This means it’s impossible to be prepared for any disaster. After the September 11(8 years today!) attack, US analysed this issue in detail and found the only solution to this is, maintaining adequate quantities at all times. I think that’s more than enough reason to donate regularly. That's sharable!

It’s my habit to hold the packet of blood and bless it every time; I want to give only the best of me and nothing else. When I held the warm, dark-red packet in my hands, I realised the best thing about living is giving and sharing. Even the best birthday cakes are meant to be shared. On the same note, I received an email today, the first line said, "Want to see the world after your death?" and the page down said “donate your eyes". That’s Noble!

I recently learned that "Honeymoon" word was coined during Babylon times, 4,000 years ago. The bride's father gifts the groom mead (honey beer) for one whole month (called moon - since its moon based) after the wedding, hence the word "Honeymoon”. Few days back, after a long argument my honey and I decided to have 103 honeymoons one for each day we miss each other. We also decided to send post card to "our home" from every place we travel together and buy souvenirs to put in the memory chest. That’s definitely Romantic!

When it comes to giving blood to someone or the argument with your loved one, losing is good =)
Have a funfilled weekend!

Comments

athivas said…
"It’s my habit to hold the packet of blood and bless it every time; I want to give only the best of me and nothing else."
For some reason, this moved me!!That was an incredible gesture....

Donating blood in singapore-they treat you like a prince(ss) within! Iron tablets and nuts and raisins! And keep sending mails of reminders and thank you notes...Sometimes, it makes you feel embarrassed!!

That was a load of information- about increasing the shelf life of blood!Thanks for it...

Ooh, that was definitely romantic!!
Included history of honeymoon,too,yeh?:)
/It’s my habit to hold the packet of blood and bless it every time; I want to give only the best of me and nothing else./
You inspire me Sri!...I'm highly impressed!
Blood donation and losing to beloved...lovely link! Only you can connect them!!!!Bravo!
Anu said…
Enjoy your lazy day! all of us need that once in a while!!!
gils said…
nice feel goodpost..
gils said…
103 honeymoon!!! enna nadakuthu!!
Karthik said…
you're nice guy sri..:)
Aaarti said…
You earned quite a few brownie points and blessings am sure!! beautiful!!
jehan said…
I've always wanted to donate blood eversince my type B cousin who got caught in an accident needed it badly. But circumstances then didn't permit... My doctor friend said it's really good to donate blood "once in a while"... haha...

"...and losing to beloved..."

i love this Sri...

have a nice weekend...
Ramesh said…
Another warm post. Donating ones own blood, eyes, etc is the greatest social act that any human can do - Bravo Sri - you are a super guy.

Oh yes - Losing is better than winning so many times. Well said.
Nhemskie said…
As much as I want to donate blood, I'm really scared of needles! I realy had a hard time getting checked when I was pregnant with Chloe. They drew vials of blood to test if I were phyically fit for pregnancy or not. I'd like to express giving in another way but not this...YET.
Srivats said…
@ Savitha

I am humbled :P , Yes they treated me like prince haha :) I didnot get nuts just the raisins, may be they thought I am already nuts lOL
Yes its nice plus two more times nice gestures they do :)
Srivats said…
@ Aruna
I am humbled :) Thanks so much for the kind words

@ ANu
At office enjoying the lazy day is tough call LOL

@gils
aadu nadakudhu maadu nadakudhu :)

@karthik
Thanks man :P
Srivats said…
@Arti

haha brownie points and blessings thats a good way to put it LOL :) Thanks

@Jehan
Yes its good to donate once in a while , ur body would produce a good fresh blood for you, plus u would lose more than 500 calories at one sitting LOL :) more than anything the accomplishment is good feeling :)
Srivats said…
@ Ramesh

Super guy - adukaaga i cannot wear jatti over pant hehe :P yes losings let u gain many other stuff unmentioned ;)

@Nhemskie
I agree, but u know what if you done delivering a baby you can do anything :) plus since they give the local anesthesia its no pain at all!
that is a very nice gesture sri to donate blood and they do treat u really well in Singapore.. had this experience when I wanted to bank my chord cells (post delivery)..
103 hm's wow..
Vipul said…
Nice post..
Its give me feel that how humble and kind of u have to be..
donating blood is a nice job.
Preethe said…
A very nice post .. Sri's post :)
You are a Super Man!!

And 103 honeymoons!!! super super .. nadaththunga!!
G3 said…
:)) Kalakkareenga ponga :D

/When it comes to giving blood to someone or the argument with your loved one, losing is good =)//

Finishing touch superu :)))
Anonymous said…
Hey Srivats, this is a nice story on so many levels. You give a piece of your heart when you donate blood.
I like how you have a little habit of blessing the blood.
So many people in this world need us, need help, or just a little love.

I have heard that reason behind the Honeymoon story, but it was good to see you added your idea to it also. Take care man.

Regards to all.
Graeme
i enjoyed this post =D
Vidya said…
Do you realize that you started the post on a low note and ended it on a high note? :D Thinking positive thoughts does that to you.

What goes around comes around. It applies for good things too. I am sure you will be blessed with wonderful things for all the wonderful things that you do!

Vidya
Thats so sweet ... Dont allow the newness of it all go away, ok? God bless the two of you and keep you lost in each others souls forever and ever! :-)

As for blessing the blood you give, that moved me - a lot! Also the thing about eyes. :-) Beautiful post, beautiful thoughts and wishing you all the things that matter in the end!
Charissism said…
Thanks for making me guilty for not donating blood again..hahaha Anyway, that's soo nice of you.

You must not forget the postcards even if it's troublesome to find the Post Office! You must not! hahaha that is sooo romantic!
Srivats said…
@AJCL

You banked your chord cells, that sounds great, so chotu can be treated using that if in case of any illness? Thanks for ur words :)

@Vipul
well I am fairly humble LOL . yes it is :) thanks bro.

@Super man ? hope cant change costume haha :)
Srivats said…
@G3

Finish touch superaa? neengaley solliteengala appo saridhaan :)

@Greame
That was a sweet surprise, how have you been man ? :)

//You give a piece of your heart when you donate blood//

waah it so nice to put it this way :)
Srivats said…
@ that1GUYwhoBLOGS
Glad you enjoyed it mate, nice to see you around :)

@ Vidya

//Do you realize that you started the post on a low note and ended it on a high note? :D Thinking positive thoughts does that to you//

I just realised it, but the truth is i cant be down for a long time, Sometimes I am irritatingly positive :)

/What goes around comes around. It applies for good things too//

Yes it does! Karma applies to both and I am firm believer of this :)

Thanks for your blessings I am sure your thoughts would bring me more and more wonderful things that i share with all of us :)
Srivats said…
@ thethoughtfultrain

//Thats so sweet ... Dont allow the newness of it all go away, ok? //

I got to admit I have that bit of fear in my mind, but I hope I keep it on and one :)

//God bless the two of you and keep you lost in each others souls forever and ever! :-) //

Thats so generous, sweet and kind of you, I would be showing this to my LOVE :)

//As for blessing the blood you give, that moved me - a lot! Also the thing about eyes. :-) //

:) I am humbled

//Beautiful post, beautiful thoughts and wishing you all the things that matter in the end!//

:) waah thats the great blessing one can have, things that matter in the end :)

Thank you so much! ":) u made my day!
Srivats said…
@ Charissism

//Thanks for making me guilty for not donating blood again..hahaha //

:) No fault of mine hehe :) i only inspire

//You must not forget the postcards even if it's troublesome to find the Post Office! You must not! hahaha that is sooo romantic!//

Yes I would find a way to do this :)
Srivats,

Good job man!!!

Try doing platelets soon. Lot of people are there to give blood but not many for platelets because of the time it takes.

http://bloodcenter.stanford.edu/donate/apheresis.html

I do encourage all to try and donate blood. You make a difference in someones life. All you need is the urge to do it.
Srivats said…
இரும்புக்குதிரை

Thanks for the information, I think its the awareness thats lacking here, I also heared about bone marrow donation. I wish I could jus donated what ever I can :) seriously :P
...ceedee... said…
loads of information! i've never donated blood, my friends have did for a biscuit packet!! lol!
Srivats said…
@ ceedee... said...

//my friends have did for a biscuit packet!! lol!//

Worst case they have even taken it from me(being the one who donated )hehe
Annam said…
enna blood group srivats?????

vazhthukkal for ur blood donation
Annam said…
///////////losing s good
climax superu :)
Annam said…
///Today is one of the “nothing interests me” days. I feel like doing nothing, although on second thoughts that sound funny, how can I be doing nothing when I am doing nothing: P.////

இங்கேயும் அதே:)
Annam said…
////“I am little tired but ok “.

ippo okay vaa.....
Annam said…
////“I am little tired but ok “.

ippo okay vaa.....tired pocha
Annam said…
///It’s my habit to hold the packet of blood and bless it every time; I want to give only the best of me and nothing else////

remba nallavara irukeengaley
Annam said…
39
Annam said…
me the 40th:)
Annam said…
//// srivats saidYes they treated me like prince haha :)///

u r already a princela:))))(enaku innaiku saapadu kidaikaathey:((((
Srivats said…
u r already a princela:))))(enaku innaiku saapadu kidaikaathey:((((


Vaanga brahma vehicle , naan prince naa ungalukku en sapaadu kedaikadhu ? poi sonna vaikku bojanamnu kindala , erukattum
Srivats said…
இங்கேயும் அதே:)

angey eppavumey adhey dhaaney ;)

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