But only if you're Type O Positive. All you other ones can go somewhere else. lol! I just spent my entire Sunday afternoon at MD Anderson. If you hadn't guessed it, my rbc's were 7.7 and my platelettes were 15. So, that meant this little lady was getting hooked up to some blood. Unfortunately, it took about 4 hours to even get the blood. Gabriel, Seth, Valerie and I went to have a little lunch before they dropped me back off at the hospital for the rest of the day.
Although it was a shaky start (my cvc line wasn't returning any blood, so I had to cough, lift my arm and do the chicken dance to get some blood coming out), all else went smoothly. The platelettes were first and took a little over an hour to empty the bag. Then the rbc's came and those took about two hours. A peanut butter sandwich and cheese crackers were my dinner. Nice, eh? Remarkably, I feel better already! I was so tired and weak this entire weekend, dealing with bloody noses, headaches and bruising from low platelettes that I was ready to get 'recharged'. Nicholas and I are jamming to music on the computer as I type this. :)
To the person who donated blood on 9/26/07 - Thank you! And a huge Thank you to the person who donated platelettes, especially since those are bit more time consuming to do. I realized today that I have now lost my ability to donate blood - EVER. I knew I wasn't in shape to donate anytime soon, but I always thought once I was over with cancer that I would be donating right along everyone else. Nope, once you have cancer that's it for you. You move over to the other side of the donation table. One of those rights we all have but don't realize how special it is until it's gone. So, for anyone out there reading this, please donate blood and platelettes (if you're up to it!) as often as you can.
You never know whose life you are saving.
p.s. If you're in Houston, you can even donate blood just for me. Just go to MD Adnerson and donate, then tell them who you want your blood or platelettes to go to. Pretty nifty.
"The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen."