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Be like me! Give blood.

Well, I gave blood at the Mayo Clinic satellite site here at IBM.  Very nice place, once I found it.  I'll have to bring mom down there, she'll be impressed.  None of this folding table stuff... reclined, upholstered chairs that are kinda like dentist chairs, but they don't move and they are much more comfortable.  ooh.. so nice. :-)  Also, they didn't do the blood floaty thing to test hemoglobin/iron levels.. they've got a little analyzer machine that does it.  That was kinda disappointing 'cuz I liked watching the blood float down through those tubes. 

The ladies there were uber nice and very thankful that we were donating.  The place was hopping when I got there, but it calmed down by the time I left.  They have a right arm chair and a left arm chair!  I got the right armed one because I didn't really care either way and that was the one that was open.  They also had these cool scales for the blood bags to go on and they beep and light up when the bag is full!  Neato.  It also times how long it takes to fill the bag.  And I reached a new personal record!

1 pint of blood in 4 minutes and 56 seconds!  Go me!  New record! WOOOOT... I can bleed with the best of 'em!

Anyway, there was a guy that left before I started donating that had given 9 gallons as of today.  Made me think of Mr. Sheaf. 

There was a girl ahead of me that it was only her second time and she is afraid of needles!  She did very well and I told her that I was proud of her for giving. :-)  We got to chat while we were letting our heads recover.  I found out she works in my building and has worked here for around a year.  Also, an interesting tidbit - her husband is british and she met him online and they have been married for 3 years now!  Really nifty.  She's from Rochester, mn and she enjoys living near her parents.  She started out as a math education major but decided to go into Comp Sci because she was good at it and it didn't involve teaching.  Oh, and her name is Vanessa. :-P  We had an enjoyable time. 

And there were really good cookies.  I had a chocolate chip cookie there and some apple juice.  Then I had a cup of coffee and took a peanut butter (with real peanuts in it!!) for later. 

Oh, I've got this coupon that I'm supposed to use in the cafeteria today for $2.  I wonder if you can get anything for $2.  I also dont' know when the caf closes.  I should go towards the end of lunch hour, whenever that is. 


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Sep. 22nd, 2004 09:54 am (UTC)
Ooh, very cool. The De-lux blood-o-matix 5000 (just like the 4000 with a few added features)

I used to give blood all the time but stopped my Sr. year of high school. I was good at it too.. went fast, never felt anything. I could even play football or wrestle the day I gave blood and not notice much of anything other than being a little more winded during conditioning at the end. Never got the lightheaded stuff they talk about.

But then...

They had kind of thrown together blood drives they conducted in the weight room. You sat on the weight benches and they had these little tray kinda things they'd attach the bags to. One time I noticed it was taking longer than usual... I finally got bored enough and asked since one of the people working there hadn't checked on me in a while. She said "Oh! Yeah you're done!" kinda surprised/startled (I think the bag was overfilled). She took the bag off of the tube that was connected to me without taking the needle out, then went back to the needle... dropping the bag which hadn't been sealed or something and well... blood went everywhere. Some still out of my arm cause of the needle, some from the bag... I'm not that squeamish but seeing a pint (I suspect a decent amount more) of your life's blood all over the floor makes you question their ability. I really haven't been able to give blood again =/ I don't even remember what my blood type is, though I BELIEVE it was 0-.
Sep. 22nd, 2004 10:00 am (UTC)
Well, if you ever feel called to it again, you can go directly to the Red Cross (I keep calling it the Blood Cross.. hehe) place. It's a brand new building and it's at the intersection of John Street and Bailey (I think? I miss RIT.) They keep telling me how nice it is and I'm sure they are much more attentive than your previous experiances. And now that you said that, I'm never going to get Heather to donate. :-/
Sep. 22nd, 2004 10:39 am (UTC)
I have a friend who gives blood there quite often. Has had nothing bad to say. Eventually I'll work up the courage to go again I'm sure.
Sep. 22nd, 2004 11:02 am (UTC)
::dun dun dun:: Actually, after reading your post, I was thinking, I may actually be able to get myself to do it, if it were at a place like that versus... well, something else. So, iffin' I am to try it, maybe that new place u mention rather than a drive here... 8-\
Though... idunno.
Sep. 22nd, 2004 11:06 am (UTC)
Well, I'm due to donate my last few days here but I think I'm going to wait 'til I'm up at RIT. Maybe you, Dave, and I can all go the beginning of winter quarter. :-D
Sep. 22nd, 2004 11:19 am (UTC)
Worth a try.
Sep. 22nd, 2004 10:07 am (UTC)
I used to work for the ARC... and they had the mobile blood wagon. They also had the mobile drug testing wagon. Weekends I would go along with them and basically do the signing people in, getting there info, asking the questions.

The Blood wagon was an old beater RV, they had pretty much ripped it apart and made converted everything behind the drivers seat into the blood donating area... with cheap folding chairs. Then they set a card table out front under the awning with folding chairs.

The drug testing machine had all the deluxe features. A nice table inside with nice leather seats. I got to sit in a captain's chair while I signed people in, and the Urinologist had a huge space in the back by the deluxe bathroom.

It always made me a bit ansy about giving blood... but I'll pee in a cup anytime!
Sep. 22nd, 2004 10:15 am (UTC)
Unfortunately, pee does not save lives.

1 pint of blood (that you would regenerate anyway) can save up to 3 lives.

1 gallon of urine is just plain smelly.
Sep. 22nd, 2004 10:28 am (UTC)
Now don't go selling urine short... it's a powerful disinfectant you know.
Sep. 22nd, 2004 10:31 am (UTC)
True... and it keeps away the gophers!
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