The Incontiguous Brick

May 2, 2007

Donating Blood: one blogger’s road to humanity.

Filed under: Life,Ramblings — iknowkeith @ 8:46 pm

It has been almost 10 years since I gave blood. This is an especially awkward length of time for me. Seventeen years ago I swore to myself that I would pay back all the blood that I once needed from the blood bank. That means I still own 7 of the 9 pints of blood that saved my life after a particularly unpleasant downhill skiing accident.

A few days ago a friend called me out (without knowing it) by inviting me to go and donate blood with her. She canceled due to a scheduling conflict, but I went anyway. Unfortunately, all of the qualified blood-drawers were at a remote site for the day. But here is where it gets interesting…

I have O- blood. I had no idea that this is rare. It turns out that the local blood bank is almost completely out of O- blood and there is a guy getting heart surgery next week who needs it. They were so happy to see me that they offered to come in on a day off just to get my blood. I’m not kidding, they were willing to bend over backwards to get me to commit to a time to come back and give blood.

I am going back tomorrow (during normal hours). I know that giving blood saves lives, but there is something amazing knowing that I might save the life of this particular person next week. I am going in the afternoon… I hope they still have cookies and OJ.

4 Comments »

  1. Bring me home a cookie!

    Comment by cimbria Peterson — May 3, 2007 @ 1:04 pm | Reply

  2. WOW!

    Comment by iampoem — May 3, 2007 @ 3:09 pm | Reply

  3. I meant, Wow, how cool. BTW, Cim and I give blood once a month.

    Oh yes I di-id🙂

    Comment by iampoem — May 3, 2007 @ 3:10 pm | Reply

  4. You know Poem, if there were only a useful way to harvest that donation. Maybe we should call Mike Rowe from “Dirty Jobs”?🙂

    Comment by cjwoodman — May 6, 2007 @ 8:01 am | Reply


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