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:
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You rock!! Thanks for your donation 🙂
Good job!! Thanks for the tips.
YAY you.I love donating. cookies and juice. Makes me feel like I'm 8 again.
I should really give blood. My boyfriend does it on a regular basis, ever since his mother had a heart attack a couple years ago. Good for you, girl!
I donate every chance I get, which works out to about four times a year because that's how often the Red Cross visits my office. I was recently honored, along with a few other co-workers, for my above and beyond donating history at my company. Our last blood drive took place a few days AFTER the Grand Rapids Half Marathon, which was good for me, because otherwise I would not have been able to donate.
Way to be a hero 🙂
Awesome! I have an appt. in an hour to donate. They bring the blood bus to work so we can do it easily every couple months.I know the feeling of feeling run down for a few days after though. It's a great thing to do! 🙂
You are awesome. The last time I went to donate blood, they told me because I spent 18 months in England during the Mad Cow disease era that I couldn't donate my blood. Glad you are able to do it!
Good for you! This is something I need to look into. I am ashamed to say I haven't before!
My husband gives blood every time he's eligible. The blood bank calls our house the day before…It's like anti-doping though, he has the same 5 day period before being back to normal.Sometimes I have a good reason why I don't donate. Usually its just fear and laziness on my part. *blush*
I am O positive – they loved my blood! But then I got cancer and they don't want my blood anymore. Thanks for giving – I wish more people would take the time to donate blood!
I was so looking forward to being done with marathon training so that I could start donating again. But, now that I'm pregnant, they feel that I should keep all my extra blood. I guess I'll have to wait until after this little man makes his appearance.
I admire you folks that can and do donate! I am a total wus and faint with needles. Seriously, just a quick prick and I'm on the floor. No way I could lay there and let them drain me. I'd go into seizure.
Yay for donating! I was supposed to donate blood earlier this month but had to cancel the appointment due to a long run. Once my half marathon is done in December that will be one of the first things I do!