Make A Difference by Giving Blood: The Tale of a Wimpy Realtor

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Make a Difference by Giving Blood!

Give Blood!I have to admit that I am about as squeamish as a person can be.  Sometimes, when my husband comes home and tries to tell me about something he saw at work (he is an Infectious Diseases doctor), I have to sit down because I feel light headed.  I have even put my head through a wall in a intenstive care unit because I fainted at the sight of the patients receiving care and all of the tubes and whatnot that were attached to them. (Did you know that people come out of the woodwork when you create a big crash in an ICU?)

I was the last person you would think would want to give blood.  However, last week, I went by my church on blood drive day to do some committee work and the lovely lady at the blood drive talked me into it.  

I was amazed by the number of screening questions that preceeded the actual donation.  I later learned that the pool of potential donors has shrunk because of increased screening related to travel, personal activities, and medications.  The Red Cross is desperate to find new donors to make up for the number of previous donors who are now screened out of the process.

For those of you who shy away from giving blood, take it from a wimpy person who never thought she would EVER sit down in a blood donation chair:  It really is not that bad! The Red Cross staff were gentle with me and the process did not hurt at all.  They were amused that I spent the entire time that I was giving blood with one arm outstretched and the other with a cell phone firmly attached to my ear. I told them it helped me to be distracted from what was going on with my other arm.  I was able to do business while still doing some good.

If you are someone who has never given blood before, please think about giving blood the next time the Red Cross is conducting a drive in your area.  If I can do it, anyone can!

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Kathryn, I like the idea of giving blood. I think it represents, truely, giving of oneself. Some facts that I recently found...  Why I give blood!

Thanks for the post.

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Kathryn, Great cause and happy you were able to add your name to the list of donors.  I'm a few days short of clearing the 8 week hurdle for my next donation.  They'll be calling me any day now to remind me!

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Tom:  I always liked the idea in theory but always shied away because of my irational fears.  It felt great to get past them!

Bliz:  I do realize that it is not a one shot deal... I will look forward to my reminder call!

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I would like to give blood, and every time there’s a high profile blood drive like one by the Padres or Chargers, I try to give. Unfortunately, the blood banks still have an outdated blood donation policy regarding gay people that is left over from the AIDS crisis of the 1980s. Time to move on.

May 24, 2011 10:31 PM #4
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I write about donating blood about ever couple weeks as I do think it is very important and it means a lot to my family having been used in the late 90s for my dad and a liver transplant that he needed. I'm glad you got over the fear for one day and helped your fellow man.

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Kathryn  I go to a blood drive every two moths to try tehir free cookies - while there I also donate blood  :)

May 31, 2011 09:14 AM #6
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I would love to give blood, but there’s a nationwide ban on gay people giving blood. It’s an outdated policy left over from the late 1970s and early 19802.

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My son, Carlson Muss, donates regularly.  He began when a friend of his committed suicide, jumped off one of our bridges here in Portland.  His friend was gay.  My son's attitude is that when he donates he hopes that ALL people will be able to benefit from his contribution in some way. 

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Sadly, they won't take my blood, as I'm a bit too anemic for them. My father was a member of the 100 gallon club...

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