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Saturday, December 23, 2006

This is Going To Sound Bad....

...but I'm irritated. Why? Because every 56 days, I make sure that I get my rump in to donate blood. It's for a good cause. I do this, not wanting to get much in return. BUT, recently, they have given out a whole bunch of good stuff to those who donate, but it's NEVER when I am eligible. Why? Because you HAVE to wait 56 days between donations. One of the things that I missed out on was a long-sleeve t-shirt that says "Bleed Blue." Another was movie tickets and coupons for dinner, keeping in with a dinner-and-a-movie theme. Don't get me wrong MOST of the reason I donate blood is because people like Erin and Griffin would have died without someone's donation. As a member of the preemie mom community, I understand all too well the importance, because so very many of our kids received donations. BUT, a LITTLE PART of me wants a flipping t-shirt once in a while, especially when the people who got all the "Bleed Blue" t-shirts were likely one-time donors. It's kind of like having to fight the Christmas Eve mass crowd of people for a seat in the church when you go every Sunday. Most of those people taking up the good seats are the ones who just show up on Christmas and Easter. Perhaps they need a comfy seat in order to get the message they aren't normally getting, but there should be some rewards for the person who goes every Sunday.


Anonymous Judy said...

Yes! You are so right. Scott donates every 56 days, too. And we preach to Noah about blood donation as we will force him to donate when he gets older. he has O- blood, so we have told him he has within him a priceless gift that must be shared.

Me? Last time I donated I did so on my lunch hour at work and I ended up with diarhea (yes, at work) and then vomiting as well. Ever sat on a toilet with the runs and tried to vomit between your legs? It's not a pretty site, was not nice to live through and not something I'd ever wish on others. I was told I am overly sensitive to blood loss and experienced "Sympathy pain" where apparently the blood loss affects some part of your body and the others shut down a bit to compensate for this. I was told never to give blood again. And, no, I didn't even get a f***ing shirt for my near death experience.

1:17 PM

Blogger nain said...

Judy you're funny...and yes, I have done that...bad hangover, but I had a bucket to throw up in :-) And Steph, I admire you that you donate so often. I can't even get blood taken without passing out cold on the floor.

2:29 PM

Blogger Alpha Dude 1.5 said...

You're a good person, Steph.
The Bible says we are to put others first, and to do the right thing because it's, well, it's just the right thing to do.
But it also talks about how a little bit of affirmation (t-shirts, coffee mugs, movie tickets, etc...) go a long way to boosting someone's self esteem.

Just in case.....what size shirt would you need?

9:23 AM

Blogger Cath said...

Hope you had a fabulous Christmas sweetheart!

2:39 PM


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