Give Blood

We interrupt your regularly scheduled discussions of Second Life for an important Real Life request — I want you to go bleed into a bottle.

Yes, I meant that.  But, to be clearer about it, I want you to donate blood at least once during the next three months.  If you do so, you’ll save three lives — that’s one a month.  Even with all the advances in medical science, there’s only one source for replacement blood — from donations by people.  Since the ability to transfuse blood was discovered, good people have stepped up to the plate and offered a pint of their blood, sometimes every month or so, to help those people who need a lifesaving gift.  Which there are plenty of all the time, but especially during summer.

In the heavy travel time of summer, people get into more accidents and put greater stress on the blood supply, which is often in a shaky state as it is.  From the American Red Cross:

  • Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood.
  • More than 38,000 blood donations are needed every day.
  • A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 pints of blood.
  • Less than 38% of the U. S. population is eligible to give blood; of that group, only 8% actually give — which works out to only 3% of the American population.

Hopefully the above will help you decide to give at the next blood drive in your community.  I’ve done this repeatedly myself over the years, and it’s always a fulfilling thing to help out.  It’s not incredibly painful, it takes only some 5-30 minutes of your time (depending on donor turnout), and you get free snacks afterwards — as well as that sense of a job well done.  There will be questions asked of you, and some consider these an intrusion of privacy; but they are only used to help ensure the safety of the blood supply.  Testing is also done on your blood to check for any unknown conditions, and you’ll get notified if something is done — as well as a quick mini-physical to determine your fitness to give.

Please take some time out of a day to give a small bit of yourself — and then, once you do it, consider doing it again in about  two months.  Two pints will equal a quart, and then 4 quarts add up to a gallon of blood — and it just keeps on going.

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