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  • Three gallons of blood

    I reached a milestone yesterday: I donated my 24th pint of blood — 3 gallons! I used to have a rule: no talking about needles while I’m driving. We want to keep the driver conscious. I decided my fear of needles wasn’t optimal and decided to donate blood to get over it. My plan worked,…

  • If it’s the Last Thing I Do

    I’m giving blood tomorrow if it’s the last thing I do.

  • One Gallon of Blood

    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…

  • I Sell My Blood For Stickers and Pins

    I Sell My Blood For Stickers and Pins

    I donated blood again today — fifth time this year. In exchange, I got a sticker. Next time I also get a one-gallon pin. Sounds fair to me. The picture above shows my total “payment” this year. See you back here in 56 days.

  • Donating blood for wimps

    Donating blood for wimps

    I donated to one of my favorite charities today and it didn’t cost me anything. Yup, I gave blood. You can, too, even if like me you’re a wimp. Here are my time-tested tricks for survival: Drink a lot. I make sure I drink a lot of water for a few days before and then…

  • Donating Blood is Easy

    …and the American Red Cross is making it even easier. I got back to my cube after a lunchtime walk to find an e-mail from the American Red Cross. In this e-mail was a link “Click here to make an appointment.” I clicked the link and logged in to my Red Cross profile. (I’ve given…