David’s company sponsored a blood drive today so I went over there at lunch to give blood and get my free cupcake. I really wanted the cupcake. As much as I hate getting poked with needles (seriously, I refused the meningitis shot before college and I have never gotten a flu shot because I didn’t want the shots) it’s worth it to know I’m helping people in need.
Side note: A kid came in to give blood and got light headed so they gave him a drink and were putting cold towels around his neck and his head. When they took his beanie off, to put the towel on his forehead, a joint fell on the floor… so awkward.
All in all, it wasn’t bad. I got a lunch date with David, a cupcake and I helped save a life or two. So, find your local blood bank and go give blood… it’s worth it, and much needed.
Some stats from our local blood bank…
Southeastern Community Blood Center requires approximately 90 donors every weekday. In 2007, more than 11,000 patients were helped with over 37,000 donations of blood (made into 43,300 blood components) given by volunteer donors.
- Automobile Accident
50 units of blood
- Heart Surgery
6 units of blood
6 units of platelets
- Organ Transplant
40 units of blood
30 units of platelets
20 bags of cryoprecipitate
25 units of fresh frozen plasma
- Bone Marrow Transplant
120 units of platelets
20 units of blood
20 units of platelets or plasma