I gave blood today. I’m type O negative, which is the universal donor, so I’ve began giving blood on a regular basis as soon as I was old enough. I realized recently that I hadn’t given since the early part of training for my last marathon. Since I’ve become a stay at home mom, I no longer have easy access to a blood drive and as a runner, I have a hard time fitting it in without compromising my running. It always takes me about 5 days before I feel normal on runs, so I have to plan my donations carefully. Guess which race has been jettisoned because of this? ;o)
Only approximately 35% of the population is eligible to give blood and only about 10% actually do it. If you are eligible, take that one hour out of your day and make a (mostly painless) donation that is lifesaving.
Just remember if you give blood, you should: