the blood is the life
Kudos to Glenn Reynolds for his blood donation and using his (widely read) blog to encourage others to do the same.
I didn't mention it at the time, but I donated platelets last Thursday. Donating platelets takes longer, so I show up two hours before work, but is no more difficult, as long as there's a movie for me to watch. (The even gave me, not only a cookie, but a swell insulated mug!)
I've been giving blood since I was 17, and I haven't thought about it much. I long ago lost track of how many gallons I've donated over the years. But when our daughter Naomi was born, my wonderful wife lost a considerable amount of blood. There was a short but very unpleasant period after Omi was born when Crystal was away getting treatment and I had no idea what was happening. They wound up giving her several units of blood, and I'm most grateful that she recovered fully.
Someone's donation may well have saved my wife's life. I can never thank that person; all I can do is hope that I can return the favor to someone else some day.
Giving blood is quick--the whole pricess should take less than a lunch hour--easy, and safe. (Needles are used once and discarded; there's no possibility of contracting a bloodborne disease from donating.) I've volunteered at blood drives, and most people feel fine afterwards, although some may experience a little dizzyness. Often, larger companies sponsor bloodmobilies (and if yours doesn't, you could suggest it.) Most importantly, there's almost always a shortage of blood. Look for the collection agency in your area, and if it's at all possible for you to donate, please do. Your donation could literally save a life. I know.
(via Ted Barlow)