Blood Donation - Saving a life is something almost everyone can do in their lifetime – it doesn’t have to be a heroic rescue of someone drowning in a raging river or rushing into a burning building to retrieve a toddler either. It can be something as simple as rolling up your sleeves. One donation can save up to three lives.
Every 2 seconds someone in the United States needs blood. It is essential for surgeries, cancer treatments, chronic illnesses and traumatic injuries. Whether a patient receives whole blood – (the blood that flows through your veins) that can be transfused in its original form or separated into red blood cells that carry oxygen to your body’s cells and carry away carbon dioxide to be exhaled from the body, platelets cells that help your blood clot when you get a cut or scrape or plasma, the liquid substance that carries the platelets through the body.
The blood type most often requested is type O. Type O can be given to patients of all blood types. Because only 7% of people in the United States are type O, it is always in great demand and often in short supply. Blood and platelets cannot be manufactured; they can only come from volunteer donors.
There are certain foods and drinks that can optimize your body for a blood donation. First and foremost, since you are losing fluid through a blood donation, make sure you stay hydrated before and after the donation. You should also consider bulking up on iron, which your body uses to make hemoglobin that distributes oxygen to various tissues and organs. Consider eating foods such as beef, pork, chicken, fish, eggs, spinach, kale, whole wheat bread, strawberries, watermelon and beans to help increase iron levels and avoid iron deficiency-related anemia from giving blood.
Try to avoid alcohol for 24 hours before your donation, as it can cause dehydration. Also watch your intake of fatty foods and “iron blockers” such as coffee, milk, cheese and red wine. Try not to take aspirin for 48 hours beforehand.
American Red Cross Blood Mobiles scheduled for January – February – 2020:
January 2, 2020 – Thursday at Auburn Ambulance Building 1 - 6 PM
January 9, 2020 – Thursday at Good Shepherd Building, Minersville 1 - 6 PM
January 10, 2020 – Friday at Fairlane Village Mall 1 - 6 PM
January 16, 2020 - Thursday at Jerusalem Lutheran Church, Schuylkill Haven 12:30 – 5:30 PM
February 14, 2020 – Friday at Friedensburg Fire Company 12- 5 PM
For more information call 1-800-RED CROSS or 1-800-733-2767.
Heart Disease covers several conditions such as coronary artery disease (CAD), arrhythmias, cardiomyopathy and heart failure.
CAD- frequent chest pain called angina.
Arrhythmias-make your heart race, slow down or quiver.
Cardiomyopathy – breathlessness at rest or with exertion, swelling of the legs, ankles and feet, bloating of the abdomen, cough while lying down, fatigue, rapid heartbeats, chest discomfort or pressure, dizziness, lightheadedness and fainting.
Congestive Heart Failure – shortness of breath, fatigue, weakness, swelling in legs, feet and ankles, rapid or irregular heartbeat, persistent cough or wheezing, rapid weight gain for fluid retention, lack of appetite, nausea, difficulty concentrating, sudden, severe shortness of breath or chest pain.
Heart Attack (Myocardial Infarction) – chest pressure or discomfort spreading to back, jaw, throat or arm, nausea, indigestion or heartburn, fast or irregular heartbeats. Women don’t always feel chest pain, they are more likely to have heartburn, heart flutter, loss of appetite, cough or feel tired or weak.
If you think you or someone else is having a heart attack, act fast, it is a medical emergency CALL 911. Do not attempt to drive them or yourself to the hospital.
Risk factors of heart disease:
A diet high in greasy, deep-fried delights and a life full of financial, work and personal stresses will certainly take its toll on your heart.
Gum Disease from gum decay can actually pose a threat to your cardiovascular health. Elevated bacteria levels associated with gum disease allow infectious agents to migrate deeper into your system.
Fish and seafood can be contaminated with high levels of mercury, which is known to boost the levels of cortisol (a stress hormone that is linked to increased risk of heart attack and heart disease) in your bloodstream.
Canned foods tend to be high in sodium and contain BPA, which has been linked to heart arrhythmias.
The flu and other upper respiratory infections, including the common cold, trigger an inflammatory response in your immune system, which in turn puts added strain on your heart.
Air pollution can cause blockage in your arteries that increase your risk of heart attacks and strokes.
Smoking and increased alcohol intake.
Elevated blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
What can you do to help avoid heart disease? Exercise at least 30 minutes most days, maintain a healthy weight, eat a balanced diet, limit alcohol intake, keep your blood pressure and cholesterol within the normal range, quit smoking, manage your blood sugar levels if you are a diabetic and see your doctor regularly.
Clothesline of Love - will be hanging outside of Trinity in January. We are accepting donations of new or slightly used hats, scarves, socks and gloves to hang outside for those less fortunate.
Lifeline – is a federal government assistance program that provides qualified customers with a discount on their monthly phone service. Qualified customers will save approx. $9.25 per month.
To qualify you must have an annual household income of (1 person-$16,862, 2 people- $22,829) or be receiving one of the following: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Veteran’s or Survivors’ Pension Benefit, Medicaid or SSI.
For questions or more information call Verizon at 1-833-683-5077 or Kathy Burda at 570-621-3220.