I gave in June and again last week, which brings me up to a gallon, right? Which makes me want to mark it accomplished.
It’s no big thing anymore, even though I don’t look forward to that needle. This time I sat foot to foot with my sweetie and we chatted away while we filled up our baggies. I anticipate I’ll continue with this goal even though I’m marking it accomplished.
I’ve heard that only 5% of folks who can give blood actually DO give blood. So if you can, do it. Do it for all your friends and family members who can’t. Heck, do it for yourself. Who knows when you might find yourself in an O.R. running a couple pints low.
This time was a bit slow-
it took nearly 2 hours-but I got a FREE knit hat that says “American Red Cross” on it. One time they gave away tickets to the Renaissance Festival. I told my son’s fiance about these cool prizes and she said it was “the luck of the draw.” Get it? Haw, haw, like drawing blood. “Luck of the draw.”
Anyway someone who was also donating yesterday was getting, I believe, his 4 GALLON pin. All I can say is, wow.
At this rate, I should have given a gallon by my birthday next June. I went right after work when there was no line and hardly any waiting.
Gave again last night. I’m starting to feel like a regular at this.
Last week the Red Cross guy called (a volunteer with a trembly voice) and I scheduled my first non-blood drive donation. It was tonight. I dragged Mib7 along with me. I downed quart after quart of water over the last 24 hours so it was no big deal to find a vein. Easy in; easy out. I am nearly SURGING with self-righteousness (grin) It feels great. While chewing on cookies and slurping down juice I talked with a guy who had donated 63 times! Some day, old timer, that’ll be me too! Back again in March.
Last Thursday there was a Blood Drive where I work so I signed up. It took MUCH longer than I expected (over an hour) and I learned that I have good veins though they’re quite well buried. The questionaire made me very glad that I don’t have any of the nasty conditions they describe. I had to ask what some of them were! I can give again the second week of December. There’s a Red Cross clinic right across from my church so I’m going to try to get right into the habit as soon as I can. Help me with the math here someone: is it 2 pints in a quart and 4 quarts in a gallon? That would mean that if I can give a pint every 6 weeks, I could give a whole gallon in a year? That just seems impossible.
My dad had some kind of relatively rare / desirable blood type (I’m thinking 0+. That’s the universal donor, right?) Anyway he was always getting calls from the Red Cross and he gave blood pretty darned frequently. It seemed like every month but I know it couldn’t be that often. When I was going through his possessions when after he died, I found a little pin that was a golden drop. It indicated that he had given something like a GALLON of blood. It was just in with his tie-tacs like it was no big thing.
That’s cool. I give maybe once a year. I’ve got to step up production.