Thank you, American Red Cross

Okay,

So, it’s good to be a blood donor.


On Friday, I had to give blood samples twice. The first time, at the oncologist’s office, the nurse was preparing me for the needle and my husband says, “Oh, that’s nothing to her, she gives blood every other week, she can handle needles.”

The nurse responds, “The blood bank doesn’t use needles–the things they have are hollow nails.” And, sure enough, the needles used for samples are much, much smaller (and they only take 2 test tubes worth, instead of enough to fill the Trima!).

Now, I didn’t come to this “bravery” easily, but knowing the blood I was giving helped others made it easier to do.

Other benefits of giving blood:

This sure isn’t as gross to me as it is to my husband. Watching your blood run through a machine for an hour or two seems to desensitize you to some degree.

And the oncologist, on hearing I gave so frequently, asked how I could give so often. When I told him I gave platelets instead of whole blood, he told me he probably used some of my platelets. Wow.

I probably spent an average of more than an hour a week at the Macon Donor Center over the last year. I’m really going to miss Linda, Ouida, Joyce, April, and Maureen and the others. The good news is my husband says he’s going to have to start giving more regularly so I can come back to visit. The better news is I should be eligible to give again in 6 years.

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  1. maureen Johnson said

    Hey Laurie, Thank you for including me with all your information. First and foremost Laurie, we miss you and we are all praying for your recovery. Laurie, you have given so much for others and now others will give to you. We are all available for you in case you need platelets just give me a call and I can set it up. April, Quaida, Joyce and Linda all say hi…
    We are also thinking of your husband, so let him know we are praying for him. Please let me know if you need anything. Love ya Laurie
    Maureen

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