Go give blood

The supply is critically low and the Red Cross has been smacking their speed-dial button to my number like a monkey lookin for a heroin pellet. So go donate – why should I be the only one to suffer?

The addresses and service times of permanent donation centers can be found here and you can search for drives and other locations here.

And yes Wayan, we know you’re not allowed to donate and that you think it’s stupid. You too, Mik. Thanks in advance.

5 Comments so far

  1. Mik (unregistered) on March 22nd, 2007 @ 9:05 am

    I’d donate in a heartbeat but after having accepted my blood for years they enacted a federal regulation in 1998 prohibiting me from donating blood because I may or may not have mad cow disease. Personally, I’d roll the dice and take a chance.


  2. Wayan (unregistered) on March 22nd, 2007 @ 9:30 am

    And again, Don, the Red Cross gets into these blood shortages because its overly restrictive on its donors. Good luck to them finding the 3 people left in DC who qualify.


  3. Don (unregistered) on March 22nd, 2007 @ 9:47 am

    Well Bitchy McWhineypants, more accurately it’s “good luck to all of us.” You are certainly welcome to your opinion – and to repeat it, ad infinitum, every time the subject comes up – but for the moment you’re stuck with this reality. This is the blood pool you have to draw on if some disgruntled MIT professor emeritus snaps and stabs you repeatedly, so maybe you should stop swearing at that darkness and light a fracking candle already.


  4. Mik (unregistered) on March 22nd, 2007 @ 3:09 pm

    “Bitchy McWhineypants”? Let me stop laughing.

    He has a valid point Don, I make the same complaint ad nauseam every time there’s a blood drive in my office building, which is more often than the number of ice cream socials.

    I even called the red cross to ask about that stupid federal regulation and back in 2001 was told that chances are it would be repealed in ’04…I’m still waiting.

    Yes, I’m English. Yes, I lived on them there British Isles for over half my life but guess what – I DO NOT HAVE MAD COW DISEASE. Something needs to change, whether that’s the testing they do on blood or relaxing their standards, only they can decide.


  5. Wayan (unregistered) on March 23rd, 2007 @ 7:33 am

    My #1 issue with the blood drives, even more than the stupid Mad Cow and malaria rules? This exclusion:

    “Males who have had sexual relations with another man, even once, since 1977.”

    Can we say “over-reacting & outdated discrimination”? The Red Cross tests all its blood for HIV, so why does it continue to exclude a large portion of the population?

    I don’t know about you, but if I am bleeding through multiple orifices, I am not going to be picky about the sexual orientation of my blood product donor. I just want the blood to be tested before hand, no matter who the donor gets up with in their free time.



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