Very interesting points, SC. I had never looked at it quite this way.
I know firsthand of the pain that the no-blood policy can cause. My dad was taking a blood thinner for his heart problems. My mom had gone into the hospital for a minor procedure, but my dad always worried himself sick whenever my mom was laid up.
Needless to say, he got so tense that a fissure broke open in his colon. Now, Dad was also a stoic. He said nothing to anyone about the fact that this fissure was bleeding almost constantly.
After my mom got home several days later, she discovered what had happened. By the time Dad got to the hospital, he had lost a massive amount of blood. Due to the blood thinner he was taking, they could not get his blood to clot.
We were faced with a major decision. With a transfusion, it was 100% certain that Dad would recover totally. Without a transfusion, it was 100% certain that he would bleed to death.
My mom was totally torn apart by this. I didn't know what to do, but I did know that it was my dad's decision. Mom and I tried to urge him not to take blood, but I'll be perfectly honest....part of me wished fervently that he would take it.
Dad did make the decision to take the transfusion, and he recovered quickly and totally.
The reason he did so brings up another issue altogether, but it was something that shook my belief structure just a little more. Dad had a near-death experience. He told me later that it was because of that that he decided to take the transfusion.
He said he was traveling down a dark tunnel towards a wonderful, bright light. He felt eager to reach it. As he neared the light, however, he felt a presence at his side and a "hand" on his shoulder. This presence turned him around and told him that it was not yet time for Dad to leave, but that Dad had additional things that needed to be completed.
It was the revelation that he needed to complete additional things for his children that caused my father to regain consciousness and ask for the blood transfusion.