Category Archives: Love Nurture

My Blood Donation Experience

Blood donation CentreSo, I register myself as a donor on the UK Blood donor register and am booked in for Thursday the 4th May at 18.20 hours at the local Baptist Church. 😀

When I arrive I’m given a form to fill out mainly ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ questions.

I wait for a little while then my name is called. I’m so excited and privileged to be helping out in this way especially as I’m African and donations from the Black community is really, really needed!

The nurse is friendly she wants to clarify some of my answers especially in regards to travel and having had malaria in the past.

What age were you when you had malaria?
Have you traveled in the last 12 months? Where?
When did you last visit Nigeria (origin of my parents)?

The nurse seems to be satisified for the moment with my answers and proceeds to test my iron levels, she takes a prick of my finger 20170504_234051(which hurt a bit, I must add, but not for long) and one in my arm! Then she puts a few drops of my blood in a test tube solution, then does it again, turns to me to say, “I’m so sorry to disappoint you…”

My face drops, I am disappointed there are people in the African/Caribbean community counting on receiving said blood! :(

“…Your iron levels are very low, they are 102.”

“Have you been feeling tired at all?”

“Yes, I reply sheepishly, but told myself to get on with it.”

“Typical Mum response” She says.

“Well your levels are too low and we cannot take your blood, let alone a pint.”

“Here are some leaflets and you must see your GP (general practioner) first thing tomorrow morning.”

Gulp. That’s it? I wondered. The nurse assures me they wouldn’t dream of taking my blood confirming my original fear that I could be in the small percentage of people who faint.

“You need to get your iron levels up to at least 118, although 125 is the goal and we’ll see you in 12 months.”

“12 months!” I respond alarmed. So, all those people who are counting on receiving my blood will have to wait 12 months?? :(

20170505_185443Well, I dutifully see my GP today and she sends me off for the full blood works – liver and thyroid included. After having my blood taken at the hospital more painful pricking, the nurse tells me to expect the results on Monday 8th of May (4 days from now) and in 3 months I can attempt to give blood again following an improvement in my iron levels. Sigh, that’s a relief. 😀

My point is, yes, it is a bit of an inconvenience to you, but you are saving lives and who knows if it could be your own? (Might I add, I had had dizzy spells over the last 12 months when I was alone and who knows where I could of fallen, but I soldiered on). If I hadn’t been determined to give blood, I wouldn’t have realised how low my iron levels were and how ignorant I had been.

Please go register if you haven’t. You can walk into any drop in site near you, call or do it online, but just do it, you never know who you could save. Thank you in advance for registering and giving of your time and your blood. 😀

Give blood here or call them on 0300 123 23 23

the true meaning of Easter

true meaning of easter 2As a mum I understand the pleasure of treating my children to easter eggs, but we all know it’s about Jesus. 😀

They understand Easter’s true meaning in that God sent his only begotten son to save mankind from sin.

They understand that the momentary pleasure of the egg cannot replace God’s salvation plan.

We celebrate Easter because, “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life” John 3:16 (NLT). Now we all know, no parent, however loving can give that!

The Hope of the Resurrection

true meaning of easterSo, gift your precious child and indeed family the best Easter gift ever, introduce them to the Saviour of their soul. That way even after death you’ll see them again.

13 And now, dear brothers and sisters, we want you to know what will happen to the believers who have died so you will not grieve like people who have no hope. 14 For since we believe that Jesus died and was raised to life again, we also believe that when Jesus returns, God will bring back with him the believers who have died.
15 We tell you this directly from the Lord: We who are still living when the Lord returns will not meet him ahead of those who have died. 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the Christians who have died will rise from their graves. 17 Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever. 18 So encourage each other with these words 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 (NLT).

Now, wouldn’t you say that was far better than just an Easter egg?

God’s Grace Story

A friend of mine sent this to me recently and I just thought I should share on my blog. Credit is given to the author.

JOHN 10: 10 GOSPEL: God’s Grace

Hope you are all as blessed as I was by this story.

Caged birdsThere once was a man named George Thomas, pastor in a small New England town. One Easter Sunday morning he came to the Church carrying a rusty, bent, old Continue reading God’s Grace Story

Memories of My Father: The Love Of A Father

Memories of my father

God’s love is so wonderful and it’s free and I personally am so grateful for it. Memories of my father reveals God’s love to my as my heavenly father and I’m so grateful for his gift of love. 😀 Continue reading Memories of My Father: The Love Of A Father

Black History Facts: A Hidden Figures Review

I had to share this, not just because it’s time credit was
given where it was due (long overdue), but because it’s part of history and the very nature of history is it can’t be changed! Continue reading Black History Facts: A Hidden Figures Review