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The Red Cross

I'm catching up on my unread mail tonight. In my pile of mail was a letter from the Red Cross. They seem to really like the fact that I go donate blood often and am part of their "Members For Life" program. So much so, that they're going to send me a gift of my choice. I chose the baseball cap.

I love donating blood. Almost every time I go, they give me a T-shirt. Now, it looks like every year, they'll give me something like a baseball cap. Of course, there's the real cool thing that my blood can be used by people who need it.

I guess one day, they'll come up with a synthetic substitute for blood. There's probably someone working on trying to figure that out right this minute. That would be pretty cool.

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drmellow
Mar. 13th, 2006 12:27 pm (UTC)
I've got the common type of A+, so I think they're just happy for a whole blood donation. I did what they called a double red cell donation. They took out twice as much volume, ran it throuh a centrifuge to get the red cells out, and pumped the plasma and some extra saline back in. I can't do that twice as often, though -- in fact, I can do it half as much. I liked it, but, like you said, it's weird to have the fuid coming back in since it's had time to cool down while sitting outside your body.

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