• Courtney Baker

Red & Black Update: OneBlood Drive at CHS

To the left is the design of the shirt you will receive for donating blood.

This Thursday, October 17, 2019, the Big Red Bus for donating blood will be at Cairo High School from 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

You will receive a Halloween OneBlood T-shirt and will also receive a wellness checkup including blood pressure, temperature, iron count, pulse, and cholesterol screening. ID is required, and if you are 16, you must have a parental permission.

If you want to donate blood, you need to go to oneblooddonor.org to sign up now. It is important to make sure you put your first and last name, date of birth, phone number, and email address to unlock your blood type and health story after your donation. You can also register as a guest.

When you sign up you have options of which type of blood donor you would like to be, such as whole blood donor, double red donor, plasma, and platelet. After you are done, you will receive a confirmation number for your appointment.

Make sure you are well-hydrated and that you have eaten before your appointment.

According to redcrossroad.org, if you're interested in donating blood but are curious about whether your high or blood pressure or asthma would affect your ability to do so, there are answers to your questions. It is acceptable if you have low blood pressure to still donate as long as you feel fine when you come to donate and your blood pressure is at least 90/50 (systolic/ diastolic). It is also acceptable for people with high blood pressure as long as your blood pressure is below 180/100 (systolic/diastolic).

Also, medications for high blood pressure do not disqualify you from donating blood, nor do the medications for asthma. With anyone having asthma, as long as you have limitations on daily activities and you are not having difficulty breathing at the time of the donation, then you will be fine.