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Nov
03
2008

They want to suck your blood

Monday, 03 November 2008 02:56
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I know it's a bit late for a Halloween post... but this is not entirely about Halloween. I noticed last week that one of the fire stations on my way to work was having a blood drive on Friday. I have been wanting to donate for a while, but have just never gotten around to it. So Friday I made sure that I left myself some time to stop by the fire station and donate.

If you've never given blood, I would encourage you to do so. It only takes about 30 minutes to an hour with most of that time being subjected to health related questions like, Have you ever shared a needle with someone? Have you had a sexual encounter with a homosexual martian? etc... All in all, it was an easy process, and to be honest, it feels good to know you are helping people in need.

I was given the option to donate double red blood cells. It's an interesting process
Give Blood, Give Life
where they take a units of whole blood, separate it and give you back your plasma and some saline, then do a second draw of whole blood, separate it and return your plasma and saline again. During the final return phase, all the donor’s other blood components are returned to him/her along with the saline, thereby replenishing most of the lost fluids.

So go out and schedule an appointment to give blood, or just show up at a blood drive. It's easy... I'll be donating again on Feb 20th (that's when I am eligible to give again.)

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0 #3 Scott 2008-11-17 11:02
I just wanted to say thanks to Islanesia for her blog post about giving blood. Check it out at www.islanesia.net/?p=364
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0 #2 Scott 2008-11-03 08:39
I lied about that ;-)
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0 #1 melly 2008-11-03 05:58
so, they didn't turn you away even with your history of encounters with needle sharing, homosexual, aliens??

cool. i'm there!
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