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I gave blood again. They call me every 8 weeks to give. I don't go in EVERY 8 weeks, but I do when I can. This time when I got there, they gave me this pin that says '1 gallon donor'.
At first I wondered if it was only a gallon, but remembered that I used to give blood at a different place called ARUP. My sister Lisa and I would go there together to give quite often. She also has the O- blood. So, they would call us often to come in. In fact, several of my siblings do. Anyhow, I guess since I started giving at the American Red Cross, I am up to 1 gallon and 1 pint with them. :)
One interesting thing I learned the last time I gave blood was that I have what they call pediatric blood. It means that my blood is O- which is the universal blood, but also it means that my blood doesn't have a certain virus in it. I think the virus is called Cytomegalovirus (CMV). They said that most adults have it in their blood and that it doesn't really affect them, but it is there. So ever since they started calling me and asking me to give a 'pediatric blood' donation... I try harder to get in there. Isn't that funny? Just simply knowing that my blood can be used for the babies and children, it makes me want to get in there quicker. It shouldn't be that way though, right?
Anyhow... I am a big advocate for people giving blood. So I am going to put the link to the American Red Cross website again and I hope that if you can, any of you will go in and give blood. It is such a worthy cause.
American Red Cross
Now, this is why I asked if you are sitting down... :)
So, sit down...
They make it as pain free as possible. The techniques they use now are so much better than when I started giving blood when I was a teenager. So... if you are well and able to give blood... I urge you to just go and give. They are grateful and it makes you feel so giving. :)
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