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Give Blood

Hit or Miss

Give Blood

Give Blood. It always burns me up when the blood drive hits campus. The folks at the little table always ask me to participate, and I always have to say “Sorry, I’m not allowed to.”

Last year at IU, I put together a petition drive protesting blood donation policies. That was in super-liberal Bloomington. Here in ultra-conservative Kirksville, I don’t think it’s even worth trying to collect signatures.

(links blatantly stolen from The Brad, who does not have permalinks)

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I ran into this a little over a year ago, when my stepdad’s baby grandson Joe needed a blood transfusion from four different donors. They needed O-positive and nothing else, so my mom asked me to go down with them and donate. I was all for it, and pretty blase about the whole experience. (Except when actually donating; they had us facing a television and watching Xena. My step-grandmother, who hadn’t seen it before, was all, “This is the best show! Get ’em, sister!” That was cool. I digress.) They ask you a battery of questions, and towards the end, the intern asked me, “Have you ever had sexual relations with another man since 1977?” I was kind of stymied. What the hell did that have to do with anything? Fortunately for li’l sproggen Joe, I could answer honestly, “No.” If Joe needed the transfusion now, I would’ve been denied the chance to donate, and they’d be scrambling to find another O-positive donor that could find the time to donate, and he may not get the blood he would have needed. What an unnecessary waste of time and resources.

Jason | 6 Sep 2000