donating blood

Gave blood today, mildly amusing as I was presented with what they called an award for donating 25 times. In fact, it was a very tiny badge in a very large box! I actually think its more like 35 times as they switched from a paper based system some years ago to a computerised one, and I don’t think my original count was added on.

anyway, 25 times or 35 times, or 3 times … I think everyone should try it. its not difficult or particularly painful, and hopefully it makes a difference.

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About Mel Griffiths

I live and work in Nottingham, England and am blind. This blog is often centred around things that happen to me because of being blind. This is my space to write and sometimes people will disagree with what I write, but its the one place I have in which to be frank and honest. I also like to reflect on the funnier side of life from time to time.
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One Response to donating blood

  1. fleurette67 says:

    I would if I was allowed to
    Hi Mel! Congratulations on your award for giving blood lots of times, 25 or 35 or whatever! I’d love to give blood, but I’m not allowed to, not in France anyway. There are two reasons for this. First of all, I was resident in the UK during the 1980’s when the mad cow disease crisis first blew up, and secondly, I had a cornea graft in 1993: the risks of me contaminating anybody because of these things is tiny, but the French blood donor people don’t want to take that risk, so they won’t let me give blood. They’re always going on about how they need more blood, and that makes me frustrated because they’d bet more blood if they didn’t exclude people for risks which are nigh on non-existent. Here I go, ranting in a comment in your LJ again, but I envy you for being able to give blood, something I did for a while in the mid-1990’s until they suddenly decided it was risky for me to continue.

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