A Bloody Update

blood-donation-gb83f8f3c9_640As promised, albeit a bit late, here is the update on my blood donation, which took place on March 14th.

It was definitely a unique experience, but not at all unpleasant. A bit time-consuming — but then at my age, I’m rarely fettered by a calendar full of appointments! 😁

Later that same day, I received my Blood Donor “app,” which included the results of my “COVID-19 Antibody Test.” I was very happy to see that I was “Reactive+” — indicating my “antibody levels were detected at levels high enough that my plasma could be used as convalescent plasma.”

(YES!! The COVID vaccines were working!)

Then on April 14th, I received an email message that said my “blood donation was sent to Trios Southridge Hospital in Kennewick, WA to help a patient in need.”

How cool!!

I’ve been notified that I’m eligible to donate again on the 9th of this month. I’m planning to make an appointment … and hope to make this event a regular part of my “busy” schedule.

To those who commented on my last post that you “used to” give blood and are considering it again … I hope you followed through! It’s a worthy thing to do.

It’s The Bloody Truth!

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To many of you, this may be old hat … but I just made my first-ever appointment to donate blood!

Yeah. At my age this is my first time. Sad, isn’t it?

What prompted the action at this stage of the game? Well, last night I was talking with my daughter (who lives in California) and she mentioned she has been donating white blood cells (quite lucratively, I might add). Since this was something I’d never heard of before, I consulted today with my friend Google. In the process, I came across the American Red Cross website and … well, the rest is history.

By the way, how many of you know about donating white blood cells? Am I really behind-the-times and it’s comparatively common? Or are some of you also in the dark? (BTW, my friend explained it quite well.)

Anyway, my appointment is on March 14th. I’ll try to remember to report back and share my experience. (Especially since I know my readers will be intensely interested! 😊)

P.S. In case you might be wondering, I’m Type B Positive.

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