Back to donating blood

I learned something about giving blood last week that I didn?t know, and possibly it could affect other people who have received a letter, too, saying they can no longer donate blood.

Sometime during the past year I spoke with someone from the Red Cross and mentioned that I used to donate blood in the 5-gallon range but was told I could never donate again. That person told me I should try again because some of the restrictions they used to have are no longer valid. I couldn?t remember the exact reason, but I stayed away.

A week ago Monday, when the bloodmobile was set up in our church, I stopped by to see if I could give again.

They found a supervisor who pulled me into a cubicle to research the issue that had prevented me from giving. They asked for my donor card, which I had long since thrown away. So the supervisor looked up my name on the computer and it showed I hadn?t donated since 1997, and my address indicated where I lived two moves ago.

I was then put on the phone and quizzed by the person at the other end of the line. She told me the reason I had been barred, then stated this was no longer an issue with the Red Cross, and that they would start the proceedings to re-instate me, which would take from four to six weeks. So by the time the bloodmobile is in town again I should be able to donate again.

Maybe there are others who have also been barred years ago where the restriction has been lifted. If you think you may be one of these and would like to donate again, I would suggest that you check it out.

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I actually could have donated blood the day before?if the Red Cross had been set up in my workshop. Some?how I cut my hand and the blood was gushing onto the floor. I had no way to save it. Oh, well.

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We drove to Atlanta for the first time since 1998.

When you fly you can?t stop in Lawrence and see friends or haul a leaf blower and other items for your kids. And the prices are sky high, no pun intended, right now.

I just realized the worst part of driving almost 1,000 miles and being in the car for more than 15 hours is knowing you still have to drive back home with the same amount of time involved.

At least we will gain an hour coming back to Kansas.

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A strange thing happens on I-24 south of Nash?ville and this side of Chatta?nooga: You are welcomed back to Tenn?essee between Nashville and Chattanooga. Seemed odd to me, but you actually go into Georgia for a few miles before reaching Chatta?nooga.

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The grandsons have really stretched out now, and are about a head taller than their mom and grandmother.

If you wish to share your comments or ideas, my e-mail address is joel@
hills?boro??free?press.com.