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Public Service Announcement

Hey, folks in the Delaware Valley: my work is having a blood drive today, which is why I know that They (the Keepers of the Blood) are down to a 1.8 day supply. They like to be at two at an absolute minimum, and prefer to have a 5 to 7 day cushion. I think they get less people able to donate this time of year because folks have colds and the flu and whatnot, and somehow the recent weather affects it somewhat, though I can't remember how. People couldn't drive to the donating places, or something.

So if you are able to give blood (and aren't a pussy), and haven't for 56 days, and are healthy, it would be great if you donated blood this weekend. It only takes about a half hour, 45 minutes at the most with all the paperwork and whatnot. Just think, man -- they are taking stuff OUT of your body to put into a STRANGER'S body because that stranger doesn't have enough. Man, if you really think about it, that's some mind-blowing shit right there. Or maybe I'm just light-headed from losing that pint.

Boviously it's a Good thing to donate no matter where you live, and you all should!, but man, 1.8 days, that's scary. Did you see that episode of ER where Mark Green didn't want to use the last bag of O positive on the guy who killed somebody? I always think of that episode when I give blood. DON'T WORRY MARK, MY BLOOD'S COMING! EVEN THOUGH YOU'RE DEAD!


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Dec. 6th, 2002 02:23 pm (UTC)
What happened to all that blood we gave last Sept. 11? Did it get thrown out, or all used up? How long is the shelf life of donated blood? I know you don't know the answer to these questions, I am just speculating out loud. Wee.
Dec. 6th, 2002 02:24 pm (UTC)
Blood doesn't last long at all. I used to know, but I've forgotten . . . They ended up throwing out most of it, I think, though it did give them a nice cushion for a long time.
Dec. 6th, 2002 02:26 pm (UTC)
Dec. 7th, 2002 01:21 am (UTC)
it's the thought that counts
I donated a fair amount of blood into the sink today when I sliced my fingertip off on a piece of broken wine glass!
Dec. 7th, 2002 07:48 am (UTC)
Re: it's the thought that counts
Your whole fingertip?? OFF??? Are you okay???? Did you put it in milk and drive to the hospital?

Or are you just exaggerating, and getting me all worked up for no reason?
Dec. 9th, 2002 05:13 pm (UTC)
Re: it's the thought that counts
I always get you worked up for no reason.
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