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“My children, we should love people not only with words and talk, but by our actions and true caring.” 1 John 3:18
I (would) like to give blood as one of my civic duties, one of my ways of showing true caring to others. I don’t have the blood type with special powers (O+), I just have a heart for it.
As a vegetarian who drinks copious amounts of tea, my iron rarely falls above the red line. One out of three is my batting average. Last week I was determined to blow their 12.5 minimum out of the water. I gave up tea for a whole week. Not one sip. Do you know how hard that was? But I didn’t stop there. I ate spinach and raisins every day. Do you know how hard that was? I even found a cereal with 90% of your daily recommend iron in it. I was determined.
Cruising into the blood bank, I thought I was at a 13 for sure. Maybe even a 14. Maybe.
First prick…11.3. Second prick…12.3. I tried pleading with the phlebotomist.
“You can try again tomorrow, ma’am.”
Apparently they take that 12.5 minimum very seriously.
While I research new volunteer opportunities, all you meat-eaters out there should consider donating blood this week to make up for us iron-deficient plant-eaters! Here, I’ll even give you the website to find a blood drive near you:
And that concludes today’s public service announcement. Go do good!