Blogging Along the Brandywine

by Brett Harper

When I became in high faculty, my sister and I might run home from the bus forestall, throw our books down at the kitchen table and dash into the den to look at “Dark Shadows,” a soap opera about Barnabas Collins, a tormented vampire roaming the docks of 1795 Collinsport, Maine, seeking out his next sufferer whilst searching for the face of his misplaced love Josette, and looking nothing more than to grow to be mortal.

SloganSo when I’d listen to human beings donating blood, I’d shudder, imagining it would be like being attacked through a vampire and feeling your lifestyles grotesquely draining away. And alternatively, there have been those uh…needles.

Like many of you, I supply to the American Red Cross whenever there’s a countrywide catastrophe like a flood, hurricane, or wild hearth. But I’ve by no means considered donating blood — oh no, not me. Even once I visit the nearby lab to get my blood drawn to check my A1C and LDL cholesterol, the tech continually says, “I can’t discover a vein. Maybe I better strive your different arm.” And then I cross home with a bruise on the scale of Delaware internal my elbow.

Two weeks ago, I was given an email from the American Red Cross approximately an emergency, a countrywide scarcity of blood. As of today, best a 3-day delivery handy. For a while, our kingdom’s blood materials have dropped precipitously as donors move on summer vacations – trauma, surgical procedure, most cancers, leukemia, or sickle cell anemia patients don’t take vacations.

And here’s a surprising fact. Only 38 percent of our populace is eligible to give blood for numerous motives, and of that 38 percent, most effective 10 percent deliver blood frequently. That’s three percent of our total population.

One donor can deliver 1 pint (unit) of blood every 56 days. But one coincidence victim can need as many as ninety gadgets of blood. So I took a deep breath, went online, and clicked on a time slot at the neighborhood American Red Cross Center much less than 10 minutes from our home.


The American Red Cross Donation Center in West Chester is tucked away in a bit of shopping middle. Inside it becomes calm and nonviolent. About ten or greater humans reclined on unique chairs giving blood. No one appeared in any respect distressed.

Most of your appointment is spent on a mini-physical which incorporates pulse, blood strain, a short blood hemoglobin test, and health history.

To keep time, the fitness records may be finished online on the day of your appointment. You may be requested about sure overseas international locations in which you can have lived, prescription and non-prescription drugs use in addition to any unsafe practices that might place your blood at risk.

If you bypass the fitness records and hemoglobin takes a look at, it’s on in your station. Except for the brief pinch you feel when the needle is going in, the actual collecting of blood is absolutely painless and takes handiest a touch greater than five mins. Surprisingly, I turned into not one bit dizzy or unsteady once I got up.

After a couple of minutes on the snack table playing a few bloodless cranberry juices and munching on a granola bar, I walked out to my car. I drove domestic feeling no special except the understanding that my pint of O Positive, or its components, could keep three human beings.

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