Friday, August 28, 2009

Red Cross My Heart

Today I gave blood for the first time.

I was ABOLUTELY TERRIFIED. I went in with my knees shaking, the blood drained from my face, and a queezy stomach. They had to prick my finger twice to make sure I wasn't anemic b/c the first reading came up with a low count. I was kinda hoping it would come up low on the 2nd round just so I could get myself out of that place as fast as possible. But, I stuck it out and stayed. I've always contimplated giving blood but never brought myself to do it. They were doing the blood drive directly across from my office and I told myself that there was absolutely no reason for me not go. The lady who took my information asked me if I had given blood before and I told her no. She asked me if there was a special reason why I was doing it. Yeah..... I think there is.
For these two:

For this little girl and her momma:

And for these wonderful people:

.... in hopes that one day, if they ever need it, maybe, just maybe, the blood waiting on them would be my blood, and maybe, just maybe, there wouldn't be a shortage for any other family who has people that they cherish as much as I cherish those people.