Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Telephone Saga Continues Plus Blood

In an earlier post I told you of our decision to leave AT&T and move our business to Vonnage. So far we have been extremely happy with the new service. A surveyor called and talked to me about what it would take to get us to return to AT&T. I told her the CEO of the company would have to come to my door to apologize for his prices. One of you good bloggers added: "and lower your prices." Exactly!

Well, he hasn't shown up yet, but I am besieged by mail from AT&T trying to get me to come back. The latest one contained a check for $200 that I could deposit in my bank account if I would only sign up with them again. No way Jose.

Today has been a pretty blah day. I spent most of it in bed recovering from my platelet and red blood cell donation yesterday. I'm not quite sure why I agreed to the red blood cell thing; it's the culprit that's making me so tired that I can hardly stand up. But when you are at Bloodsource and you see all these people donating bodily fluids and there are posters on the walls of children and old people who have been helped, well, it's hard to say no. And besides, for me, what's one day spent in bed to help someone who is spending a lot of time in bed.

I did watch "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants." It took up the 99 minutes for the donation. I think I was too old by about 50 years to appreciate it. Nice shots of Greece and Greek men.

Actually it took a little bit longer because I must have moved or something and the vein they had tapped into on my right arm started leaking. I have a huge, ugly bruise. They pulled that needle out. I agreed to another stick on the other arm so I could complete the 3 pints. I'm now at 108 pints which equals 13.5 gallons. I will keep going back.

Some of you out there in blogland might consider donating. For women, platelets are easier than whole blood because it doesn't impact your red blood cells. Going to your local blood bank or Bloodsource and looking at the posters on the wall just might convince you. I'm O+ so they really like me. But if you are O- they will roll out the red carpet for you.
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Creamy Silver said...

I'm 0+ as well. I've donated before but never 13 gallons worth. My dad has donated by the gallons. He's a tough stick so he always sticks himself. Perk of working in a hospital I suppose.

blogauthor said...

I am O- but I am prohibited from donating because I lived in the wrong country for the wrong period of time, so I have a lifetime ban. That's a bummer as I'd do it in a heartbeat.

BTW, back in the day, I used to changed phone companies like I changed my clothes (that is, monthly, lol...) because they would send me ridiculous checks to switch. Then they wised up and said we'd have to stay for 6 months, 12 months, the rest of my life....

Do let me know if he shows up though. :)

dykewife said...

we don't have platelet collection here anymore. bran used to (a+) on a weekly basis. however, even if they did have that they wouldn't want me to (b+).

i would donate, but blood services seems to have so much blood that they're turning away an entire population of donors (gay men). when they start letting that population donate, i'll go back. until then, they're not in enough need.

Kirby3131 said...

My husband had a liver transplant, and because of the connections we have made with people - I know lots of people who have gotten tainted blood, which affected their liver, which in turn causes them to be on the transplant list (although my husband wasn't one of them) so I am so grateful for the tight controls they have on blood donations now.

I had hepatitis once, so I'm also on that banned list. It bugs me to no end that I can't help out the people that love so much - I am so very very grateful for those who do donate - Thank you, Thank you.