30 Before 30: Donate a Gallon of Blood (Part 2)

#23 from my 30 Before 30 list: Donate a gallon of blood (8 pints = 8 donations)

Only 6 more donations to go until I meet my goal of donating a gallon (8 pints) of blood before my 30th birthday. I can give blood again after 56 days, which is sometime in July.

The next time I donate, I will try to get another morning appointment (instead of at the end of a long work day), because my iron was well above the minimum requirement this time. I attempted to donate earlier this month, but my iron was just shy of the required 12.5, so I was asked to try again after three days. Today my iron was at 14.2, so I was good to go! My tech, Claudia, was great. We talked about her Memorial Day plans and her kids (including 11-year-old twins!). I got an ice pack to take home, because I was taking a little extra time to stop bleeding. “She just wants to keep giving!” the techs said.

Each pint of blood can save up to three lives, so visit redcrossblood.org to make a blood donation appointment!

Part 3 – October 26, 2012

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