It turns out I have some rare blood ( B- ) and they wanted me back in asap, but of course they always encourage anyone eligible to donate as much as they can.
Some interesting facts about blood:
Did you know blood only has a storage life of 42 days?
Red blood cells are produced in bone marrow.
Plasma is the liquid part of your blood that moves around your white and red blood cells and your platelets.
Platelets help control bleeding.
Red Blood Cells are round and tiny. About 3,000 red blood cells end-to-end would equal one inch. An average adult's body contains about 25 trillion red blood cells.
Every three seconds someone needs blood.
37% of the US population is eligible to donate – only 5% of those eligible donate regularly.
How to get involved? Contact your local blood bank and set up an appointment to see if you are eligible. If you have traveled to countries with malaria, you are typically ineligible for a year. If you had hepatitis and even if you are not a carrier, you are ineligible. That's why it makes it extra important that every one who can donate does.
Next time I am at the clinic they are going to do a count of my platelets to see if I am eligible to donate those. They only have a shelf life of 5 days but it takes a good hour for them to draw the blood out of your arm, bang the blood around in a centrifuge to separate out the platelets and put the blood back inside you. Crazy, huh?