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Blood, blood, blood...

From the I’m easily amused department: I fill out my timecard on-line, and I just did last week’s timecard. Because I left the office midday Friday for a blood donation appointment, I listed a four-and-a-half-hour lunch. Hey, it’s honest, but how often does a 4 ½-hour lunch appear on a timecard?

So two days ago I did the blood donation, my ninth since fall 2003, so I’m one pint past a gallon. Hey, people, the reasons for donating blood are good, and not just from the helping-and-maybe-even-saving people angle. It’s a regular blood pressure check – mine is low, thank everything – and the sample gets tested for anything funky; the phlebotomists (they who take the blood – I like that word, “phlebotomost”) would let you know of anything that looks like it shouldn’t be there. Plus, it’s a place where they encourage you to eat carbs: the Red Cross donation center I go to has a spread of cookies, crackers, and (on some days) donated Krispy Kremes, along with plenty of water to replenish our precious bodily fluids.

I actually find the science of blood donation really interesting, but I don’t want to gross anyone out, so I’ll stop. You’re welcome.



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May. 30th, 2005 06:37 pm (UTC)
My friend and I used to donate blood regularly since high school(she still does, as she's O negative and I am O positive) but I can't because for the last two years I've gotten something pierced or tattooed too often. In Mississippi, even though tattoo shoppes must meet regular state inspections, you still have to wait a year between tattoos by MS blood donation guidelines. So I can donate...*checks calender*...August 20th.

This is a stupid question...but is the 0 negative blood shortage an urban myth still being perpetuated?
May. 30th, 2005 09:20 pm (UTC)
Hmm. Can't really answer that (Don't ask me 'cause I just don't know, as the Beastie Boys say). I've never heard of that. I do know that Oregon Trail Red Cross, where I donate, posts its blood supply levels on its website. (Here's the link, as an example.) But that's one region's supply, and can't speak for any other region.

I can imagine it'd be short for supply-and-demand reasons: Not everyone has O-negative blood, but everyone can use it in a pinch.

So that's the best answer I can muster. Or maybe the vampires just can't keep their fangs from the fruity goodness of that lip-smackin' good O-Neg...
May. 30th, 2005 09:30 pm (UTC)
I heard something or other years ago about both O types being universally accepted(and that they are both rare types, thus always in shortage) in transfusion, no matter the receivers blood type, or somesuch, so I figured that to not be the case.

I thankfully now have regular to low blood preassure and can begin to donate again. I just have to not get anymore tattoos for awhile. Bother.
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