Donor saves three lives plus his own
Ward I Marshal Randy Shelley has been a blood donor all of his adult life.
A few years ago, when he decided to give blood to save someone's life, the life he saved was his own.
"I've given blood all my adult life, but not at the blood drive," Shelley said. "It was a Wednesday blood drive, and we had court. I went across the hall to the civic center, filled out the form and the lady took my blood pressure."
According to Shelley, the technician who took his blood pressure did so several times.
"I asked her if there was a problem, and she asked me if I'd taken my blood pressure medicine that morning," Shelley said. "I told her I didn't take blood pressure medicine."
The technician told Shelley his blood pressure was in the" stroke zone."
After sitting a while, Shelley's pressure dropped enough to make it safe for him to give blood. However, that one test kicked off a chain of events that set him on the right course and saved his life.
Shelley's doctor put him on a regiment that included eating right to lose weight slowly and control his cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
"It was a wake-up call for me," said Shelley, who had told his story to LifeShare Blood Center Rep. Mary Jo Henderson.
"I told her I feel like it saved my life," Shelley said. "Giving blood was a window of opportunity I took advantage of. I did what I was supposed to do, and I hope my story will save just one life."
According to Henderson, one blood donor saves three lives. In Shelley's case, four lives were saved.
LifeShare will be at the Minden Civic Center Wednesday, March 21 from noon until 6 p.m.