A No. 1 Day!

I was No. 1 at the blood drive this morning.1 :-)

  1. Yeah, there’s even fine print for this simple statement. I was fourth to give blood. The three ahead of me went straight into the medical information booths without having to wait. Still, I arrived before the volunteer who signs donors in, hands out the medical information booklets, and gives the queue numbers. 

I’m No Superhero

I’m no superhero, but three to four times a year I save lives. In fact, I did it again today.

After lunch I walked to the local library where the American Red Cross had a blood drive. In about an hour I’d saved up to three lives.

You could donate blood, too, even if you’re a wimp. I know, because I am.

What’s stopping you? Be someone’s hero.

Back on the Cot Again — Donating Blood

After a year’s hiatus, I donated blood again today. It feels good. :-) […]

I give blood. Will you?After a year’s hiatus,1 I donated blood again today. It feels good. :-)

Even if you’re afraid of needles, you can give blood, too. Just read my wimpy blood donor survival guide.

Please join me this holiday season in donating blood. You could save up to three lives.

1Going to rural areas of China last year placed me on a one-year waiting period because of malaria concerns.

One Gallon of Blood

I reached a milestone today: I have donated one gallon of blood. That’s about 80% of blood the average adult body contains.

I also beat my goal of giving blood four times this year by 50%.

I’d like to say, “I am not a wimp” — but I am. After donating blood two or three times without issues, I decided to give blood sitting up, like everyone else does. Bad idea. After nearly filling the bag, I could feel the blood drain from my face. I alerted the workers and they got me lying flat with my feet elevated. Ah…

Oh well. I filled the bag. It didn’t hurt. And I saved up to three lives.

Next time I’ll know to ask for the wimp treatment.

If I can do it, maybe you can too. What do you think?

All I Want For Christmas

I had a hard time writing my Christmas wish list. Finally I realized: if it’s that hard to write a wish list, I don’t need anything. Maybe you’re in the same sleigh.

If you want to give this Christmas, here’s a list. They have no problem knowing what they need.

Do you have other suggestions? Will you join me in donating?