Thursday, October 7, 2010

Blood and Platelets!

I am superfucking annoyed that I still can't donate blood/blood products.  I was checking eligibility again, and on first glance, was pretty excited that I might be able to donate!  But it's confusing as fuck, cause they say:

You spent (visited or lived) a cumulative time of 5 years or more from January 1, 1980, to present, in any combination of country(ies) in Europe, including: (many countries, including Germany).

So I got excited, b/c I only lived in Europe for 3 years (and we rarely ate meat, as keeping kosher is expensive).  But then I saw this:

You were a member of the of the U.S. military, a civilian military employee, or a dependent of a member of the U.S. military who spent a total time of 6 months on or associated with a military base in any of the following areas during the specified time frames (which is 1980-1990 for Germany)  If I was just a regular joe I could donate, but because I was a dependent I'm extra priony? I mean, I don't think I'm in any particular risk for vCJD, esp vs someone who lived there for 5 fucking years eating meat.  However, I'm also not particularly inclined to lie and potentially risk the blood supply.  But it's annoying, because prior to all this, I donated blood as often as I was able.  It's a really simple thing you can do that really helps a lot of people.  Not to mention, you never know when you're going to need a little yourself.

Visit the Red Cross to find more info on donating.  Do it and get a cookie!

1 comment:

  1. oh... you're MY extra priony cuppiecake!! plus I'm in the same boat. Oh how I miss the cookies!


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