Do You Give?

There are cards in my wallet that I hope are never tested.  One, my conceal carry permit, says that yes, if I must, I will employ deadly force in defense of life. Another, my first Aid/CPR certification, says that I’ve taken the classes to potentially save a life if something dreadful happens.  I’d like to have a third.  One that says I will give away part of my own life blood, but I don’t get to have one of those.  Which is probably for the best since my veins are tiny and like to hide from needles. And then there is the whole blacking out business like A Girl’s recent experience.

Do you give blood? Have you ever thought about it?

My mother always has. She gets the call as often as they can call her.  She calls them the vampires. Such is the burden of an O Negative. Universal donor. She’s probably saved the lives of countless strangers. She’s a renewable resource! Unless she should find herself in need. Because although her blood can be given to anyone, she can only receive it from another O- source.  Not even the ever eloquent Brigid could help her out there.

We don’t think much about our blood unless it is spilled. In most cases, it’s just a little and we can patch ourselves up. But not always. And in those times, it’s the most precious thing in the world.

 

16 thoughts on “Do You Give?

  1. It probably wasn’t your mom’s blood, but thank you from both the wife and I.

    We both had to receive blood after the accident. Not to mention the fact it definitely saved my father-in-laws life. I have no doubt it was O- they gave him too. Lost his leg in an industrial accident. Between the accident and the hospital it was about 10 units IIRC. Yes you read that correctly, he basically bled out. My father helped as well by making sure the defibrillator did its job restarting his heart as well. (Dad worked for physio control on the Life Pack defibrillators.)

    We often don’t realize how much the little things do add up until the crap hits the proverbial fan.

  2. Blood donors are GOOD PEOPLE. I gave for years and was on the blood banks call program. (O+) Have a handful of pins around here somewhere showing how much I gave over the years. As age caught up, with it’s accompanying health issues, I had to stop donating. Regular blood donations can really save someones life.

  3. I gave blood for years, both in the Military and out. Never really kept track of how much. I’ve been asked to donate to specific individuals and for total strangers. I give when I can.

  4. I’ve donated a lot in the past; I have a number of “gallon” pins the local blood bank gives out. I stopped a few years back when they told me to knock it off due to the buildup of scar tissue in the crooks of both elbows.

  5. I give double red now. I go less often, but it’s worth more or something. I also have A- blood that didn’t get some childhood virus that everyone gets, except me I guess. So my blood is good for premies and people with immune deficiencies.

    That reminds me though, I need to give again.

      • We’re six percenters!!!

        Worst problem I’ve had giving is the fact that while I have rock solid veins that don’t roll, they appear as if they do.

        I have taken the phlobotomist’s finger and made them touch the vein, once they actually touch it it’s like “Oh, duh, it’s right there” and I get a good stick.

        Worst stick ever was in Combat Lifesaver training. We give each other IVs and my partner was really nervous, he was moving so slow he took that 12 gauge needle and was just pushing the tip across my skin not pushing through it. I told him if he didn’t stop that i’d just move my arm into it. Even if I screwed it up it would hurt less than what he was doing.

  6. Can’t. My veins are tiny and they roll. The first time I tried to donate, the Red Cross nurse gave up after half a dozen tries. The second time, she gouged a chunk out of my vein with the needle when the vein rolled. And then she said, “Honey, don’t bother coming back.” :-(

  7. Since I am O- I have considered donating, despite my tendency to fall down and twitch when stuck with a needle. Unfortunately, the FDA has decreed that gay men will never get the opportunity, so I can’t.

    It’s a shame, too. Not only do I have the blood type they need, but anyone even halfway decent with a needle could hit my veins blindfolded.

  8. Yep, between the text from Barron,the post and email Brigid and you, I have decided to give it at least one more shot…literally:)

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  10. O- here. And the day BEFORE I’m eligible to donate the phone rings with “When can you come in?”
    Which I wouldn’t mind, except they get so damn pushy about it.

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