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Give Blood!
I tried to give blood today, but they didn't want my blood. I was pretty bummed. Turns out my hematocrit is only 35%, and they insist it be at least 38%. This generally means low iron. I just took a vitamin. They say it's nothing to worry about, but they said they definitely won't let me try again later on today.

I'm bummed for two reasons. The first is that they need blood, very badly. Reserves are very low right now, and donated blood saves countless lives.

The second reason is very simple: I really enjoy giving blood. People always look at my strangely when I say that, and maybe it's kinda crazy. But I view donating blood as a beautiful thing. It is literally giving of myself, giving a vital part of my body to help another human being. It is such a direct way of actually saving lives. I mean sure, I run in the Race for the Cure and I do other assorted charitable donations and events when I'm able, but none of those are as immediate and as pure as giving a little of my blood to somebody who needs it. There is nothing simpler...I mean, it is easy and free, and they give you cookies afterward. Yet you're performing a vital service. It's wonderful.

I wish they'd have let me do it. I'll go try again in a week or so, and hopefully my iron will be back up to par.
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cynnerth From: cynnerth Date: August 26th, 2002 09:24 am (UTC) (Link)
What a fantastic attitude about giving blood! My mom used to give blood regularly too, and I suspect it was for the same reason you do. I hope you can get your iron level back up :)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: August 26th, 2002 02:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! Good for her! Yeah, me too. Hopefully taking vitimins for awhile should do the trick.
radiantsoul From: radiantsoul Date: August 26th, 2002 09:52 am (UTC) (Link)
Do you have a sexual thing about vampires?
renniekins From: renniekins Date: August 26th, 2002 12:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, yes....but that has nothing to do with it! I swear!
cannibal From: cannibal Date: August 26th, 2002 01:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hahah! I don't believe it!

The day before I gave blood, I took some quiz I found in Laura's journal, "what imaginary thing are you" or whatever, and I came up a Vampire.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: August 26th, 2002 02:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
ah-ha!!!
encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: August 26th, 2002 10:01 am (UTC) (Link)
They wouldn't take mine either because I'd been in Britain last year during the 'mad cow' outbreak.
cannibal From: cannibal Date: August 26th, 2002 01:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Bummer! Have you spent enough total time in Britain that they won't take your blood at all? A lot of our people are that way. Ravi's disallowed for life because he's british, which seems silly because he's also a Hindu, doesn't eat beef.
encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: August 26th, 2002 02:02 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re:

There's a new requirement that came out recently excluding people who'd been in Britain last year. They're playing really, really safe.
cannibal From: cannibal Date: August 26th, 2002 02:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ah. The only option that comes close to me is... I think three months or greater total in Britain in the past 20 years or so, and I've only done... not much more than a month total.

It's been more than a year since I've been to Scotland, but you know, I don't think they even had that rule up here.
http://www.redcross.org/services/biomed/blood/learn/eligibl.html#cjdmcd
encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: August 26th, 2002 03:17 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re:

The radio station sponsored the blood drive had people call the local blood bank, and they told me not to come!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: August 26th, 2002 02:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Given my (vague) goal of spending quite a bit of time overseas, that's really a bummer....it means they could decide to permanently exclude me some day, even if I live on nothing but raisins!
cannibal From: cannibal Date: August 26th, 2002 02:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, and if I spend another month or two in Scotland, I'll be high-risk... they have a 6-month rule for France and Spain, which brings me up to... hmm, I don't know, can probably spend another 4.5 months there and be fine, but a year in europe would finish you off.

Australia's looking better!
From: nicegeek Date: August 29th, 2002 08:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
One ray of hope: Those restrictions are for the Red Cross. The official FDA rules are that you're disqualified for:

"Having spent a total of three months or more in the United Kingdom/UK (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, Gibraltar, or the Falkland Islands) from 1980 to 1996. Having lived or traveled in Europe for a total of five years or more from 1980 to the present time."

So, if you find yourself unable to give blood to the Red Cross, you might still be able to give to an alternate blood bank. http://www.miblood.org/ shows some such locations in Michigan, and there might be other organizations as well.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: August 30th, 2002 07:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Neat! I didn't know there were any organizations other than the Red Cross to donate blood to! Definitely worth keeping in mind.
guingel From: guingel Date: August 26th, 2002 10:53 am (UTC) (Link)
you're a very cool person. I hope that you are able to give blood later.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: August 27th, 2002 07:17 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. (:
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: August 26th, 2002 02:49 pm (UTC) (Link)

So the free cookies and juice have nothing to do with it?
renniekins From: renniekins Date: August 26th, 2002 07:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
The free cookies and juice just make a good thing better. And actually today, they (the building management, which sponsored the event) even threw in free ice cream bars -- mmmm!
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