Sunday, June 1, 2008


Giving bloodGave blood today.

The Columbus Catfish had a Red Cross Bloodmobile set up at the ball park today. And I stopped by to give blood.

I've given blood since ... gosh ... 1976, I guess. I don't remember giving in high school. But, after I graduated, I participated in blood drives.

When I was at the radio station, we'd do remote broadcasts from blood drives and such. And, naturally, I'd participate.

After I went to work in Jacksonville, I didn't give as often. In the Army, they'd have blood drives, and naturally, I'd give then.

After leaving the Army, I haven't given much. They do have blood drives at work, but the seem to often coincide with times I'm not there. Not always, but much of the time. But, I have given when they have drives on dates and times I'm there.

However, last time, timing didn't work out.

But, today, I had the chance. And stopped by and gave blood.

Now, my blood type (A+) isn't rare. It's the 2nd largest type (34%), behind O+ (38%). My red blood cells are useful to only 37% of the U.S. population, but it's some help, at least.

If your blood type is O, your red blood cells are most useful. O+ red blood cells can be taken by 84% of the population, while O- can be used on 100% of the population.

But all types are useful. Not just for red blood cells, but for platelets, plasma, and cryoprecipitate.

So, if you can, give blood.


  1. Gee, if you want people to give blood, you might have included a different picture. It looks like you bled out everywhere. Is there a story behind that?
    By the way, my blood type is A negative.

  2. That's not blood. That's the iodine or whatever they use to clean the area around the vein.

    I guess I could have touched it up, huh?

  3. Well, I was going to say the same thing that the Big Sister said but I see you have already cleared it up. :-)


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