I went in for my bi-monthly blood donation appointment today. No matter how many times I donate, I still get a little nervous and queasy if I think about it too much.
All that said, there is never a doubt in my mind before, during or after the donation that it is the right thing to do. I saw firsthand the importance of blood donation when my stepfather went through a grueling treatment for leukemia a year ago. His blood transfusions were vital to his recovery.
If you’re on the fence about donating, here are some reasons (some selfish and some selfless) to do it:
- Whether you know it or not, you likely know someone who is alive today because of a blood transfusion they received.
- It is free to donate.
- There are a number of reasons that someone may need a blood transfusion, such as surgery (hip replacement), cancer treatment (chemo), burn victim, or a bad car accident.
- People of all ages can accept blood transfusions, including babies and children.
- You get to eat as many treats as you want after you are done donating.
- If you are a blood-type match with a loved one, your donation can be designated for a specific person in need.
- Most of the time there are major deficits in blood banks.
- You’ve got plenty of blood to spare. The average adult has 10-12 pints of blood in his or her body. Your body replenishes the blood deficit within 24 hours.
- It doesn’t hurt.
- Geography doesn’t matter. There are blood banks and mobile donation centers every where. If you can’t find one, most hospitals take donations directly on site.
- At any time you may need blood to help you survive. You better bet at the time you need blood you’ll be grateful to those people who donated to you.
- While donating, you’re surrounded by nurses and health care professionals. If you faint or something goes wrong, you’re in good hands.
- You get a free health screening. After donating you get information on your cholesterol, blood pressure, pulse and more.
- Some organizations, like the San Diego Blood Bank, offer incentive points for each donation made that can be redeemed for cool prizes like jackets, beach chairs and gift certificates.
- The people at the blood banks are so kind, cheerful and very grateful that you came. From the time I arrive until the time I leave, I am told “thank you for donating” at least 10 times.
If you are in San Diego County, here are a few places you can go to donate:
If you’re on the fence, I’d be happy to answer questions for you or even schedule my next appointment with you so we can donate together.
Give blood. Give life.
July 11, 2010 is 7-Eleven Day. And to celebrate, 7-Eleven is offering FREE 7.11 oz slurpees at every store across the nation between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m.
Hopefully the sun will be shining, giving us even more reason to celebrate 7-Eleven day with the cool and refreshing beverage.
Thanks, 7-Eleven and happy birthday to you!
We love our dogs and take them with us whenever we can, but I think it is safe to say that scuba diving is where we draw the line.
Check out this video and article from the LA Times blog.
Dog owner Sergei Gorbunov of Vladivostok, Russia, doesn’t seem to share our qualms, however. The professional diver has equipped his dachshund, Boniface, with a wetsuit and helmet designed to allow him to breathe underwater, and he’s trying to convince the little guy that diving is really a great idea.
I’m not gonna lie, my disaster preparedness plan is flacid to say the least. But the earth has been moving more than usual as of late, so it is high time to get a plan in place.
This article from the North County Times, offers an excellent refresher on proper earthquake safety protocol.
Drop, cover and hold on. Do not run outside. And forget about standing in a doorway.
The region’s been jiggling a lot recently —- including a 4.0 magnitude temblor on the Imperial County line Thursday morning, just one of hundreds of aftershocks from the large Easter quake centered near the U.S.-Mexico border.
Confused and potentially risky reactions to the recent quakes, especially the bigger ones, reveal that plenty of people still need to brush up on earthquake safety, said emergency services personnel and quake experts recently.
Full story here.
On our way home from the vet I took my eldest son Gary to the new Petco Unleashed store by our house. It was their grand opening and they were offering free professional photos of dogs from The Picture People.
Naturally I said “yes” to having the pictures taken, not even thinking that while they take them for free, I’d still have to pay for them if I wanted copies of the images.
Guess what? I paid for them! How could I not? They turned out so cute.
Filed under Animals, Family
Paul, the oracle octopus, was right again as Germany was defeated by Spain today in the semi-final match of the World Cup.
But being clairvoyant doesn’t always come with all the glory that one would think; Paul is now receiving death threats.
Having accurately predicted that Germany would beat Argentina in the quarter-finals, Paul faced the wrath of angry Argentinian supporters who have blamed the octopus for their World Cup exit and expressed a desire to eat him in an act of vengeance.
But Paul’s keeper Oliver Walenciak remains confident that the octopus will continue performing his remarkable act for years to come from the safety of his tank in Oberhausen as opposed to the dinner table.
He said: “There are always people who want to eat our octopus but he is not shy and we are here to protect him as well. He will survive.”
Paul is able to make his predictions courtesy of Walenciak and his staff who place two containers filled with mussels and a flag to represent each football nation into his tank.
The container selected by the hungry octopus is assumed to be the predicted winner and so far Paul has a 100 per cent success rate for all five of Germany’s fixtures during World Cup 2010, including their 1-0 defeat to Serbia.
“It started two years ago at the European Championships when Paul became the oracle for all of Germany’s games and we thought he could do it for the World finals as well,” said Walenciak.
Full story here.