Q is for Queen, Of Course!!

If you’ve been reading the blog, you know that I wasn’t going to pass up another opportunity to share some Queen with you. I know this is a lame short post, but the videos will be worth it.
Bohemian Rhapsody

Fat Bottomed Girls (I resemble that title!)

Don’t Stop Me Now

This entry was posted on April 25, 2015, in Family Life.

P is for Platelets

I apologize for the huge gap, but I had lots of life go to Hell in a Handbasket these last two weeks. I won’t get into it. It’s boring. The story I have to tell is more interesting.

At least once a month, I donate platelets and plasma at the Red Cross. I have a unique blood type, AB-. I’ve also never been pregnant, so my blood products are especially desired. My blood type means that I can give platelets to anyone — it’s the opposite of red blood cells. I am the universal platelet donor.

I’ve been doing this off and on for the last four years. I had to take a year break when I went to China, but I’ve given more months than I haven’t. I started donating red blood cells, like most people. My dad use to donate blood, so I got the idea from him. It seems like such a simple thing to do to help someone else.
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When I was first asked to donate platelets, I really didn’t have a concept of how my donation helped others. But the Red Cross Apheresis Center had this white board that spelled it all out for me –>

I get to help babies, people with blood diseases, the elderly, young adults, people like me. But the nicest thing was a thank you I received on Twitter from an acquaintance who needs weekly platelet transfusions to stay alive. I didn’t know about her need for platelets. Hearing her story really brought home the need for me to make regular donations.

It’s two hours of time once a month. But it means the world to the recipients. It’s how I can do good in the world, just by being me.

O is for Oops, I Forgot to Post

It’s been a busy week. I’ve crashed early several nights, so I wasn’t as timely as I should be with posting. But here I am.

Tonight, I went down to the local brew pub with a couple friends and we started a batch of beer. In two weeks, we’ll bottle around 72 22 oz. bottles of a nice amber lager. I am looking forward to eating hamburgers and having a beer with friends.

I plan to be more timely, but I will take a break on Saturday and post on Sunday. Once you see the topic, you’ll know why I picked to post P on Sunday.

See you in a couple…