The Red Cross and Me
I have always given blood. I really recommend it for anybody who
do a little bit for their community. It is painless except for
When I first started giving blood, the Red Cross center was off of
Coleman and 880. It is now located at 2731 North First Street, cross street Plumeria, about 2 street lights south of Montague Expressway. This center is
currently known as the Santa
Clara Valley Chapter of the Red
I left out some little details about how nice the staff is and what a great job they do of trying to make you feel at ease and comfortable during the process. I am sure you will discover the same on your visit to the Red Cross, an always pleasant and helpful staff. Did I mention the free cookies at the end?
Here is a "Five" gallon Red Cross
certificate that was issued to me, recognizing my donation efforts.
imagine what five gallons of blood is like. Go to your frig and grab a full gallon of milk and hold
it out at arms length. Now imagine it is red and you are holding
five of them at once. That is what five gallons of blood would
look and feel like. I have given five gallons (forty pints) of blood, one pint at a time. I give blood
average of four to five times a year. That is about 1/2
gallon per year. As of 8/20/2008, I am at 6 Gallons and one pint.
How rare is a CMV negative donor? About 10% of the general population has this special enhancement. Since less then 10% of the general population donates blood that means 10% of the possible donors have this enhancement for donating blood to babies or 1% of the general population.
BTW, if you are
giving blood, it is also best not to be on any medication including and especially aspirin. The medications you are taking would inadvertently be administered to any body being transfused so the Red
Cross will probably not take your blood if you are on any medications. Blood can not be drawn if you had aspirin in the last 48 hours.