I have been getting stalked lately, yes, stalked, by the Red Cross. They want my blood. I have that special universal kind, and that's what they love. Here's the dilemma:
I want to give my blood because I want to help other people who need it. They have a huge shortage right now, and I want to help if I can.
Buuuut, I hate giving blood. Now, I am not scared of needles or blood, or anything like that. I hate giving blood because it is such a pain. The Red Cross people are never really nice. They make you wait FOREVER, even if you have an appointment. The last time I went they asked me to do the special plasma kind of transfusion. I told them no because I was on my way to MY birthday party and I didn't want to be sick. I usually am pretty weak after giving blood, but I didn't want to take any risk that I would feel worse. They guilt tripped me for like 20 minutes until finally I gave in and did it, after they promised that there were no more side effects than what I experience when I normally give blood. Well after it took waaaay longer than expected, I was terribly sick! I got a fever and I almost passed out on my birthday, at my party. It was horrible! I was not very happy with the Red Cross, and I haven't been back since.
They call and call. I have asked them to take me off their calling lists explaining that the last traumatizing event has caused me to fear giving blood for a while.
So, I started thinking recently (because they are stalking me every day!)...I should get paid for this! I mean, not only do I have to sit there for over an hour, usually after I get off work, but then I feel sick and weak for the rest of the day. I have worked in the hospital and let me tell you - they charge some big bucks for that blood. But who's getting the money?! Shouldn't the people giving their blood get the money?
If the patients are already paying for the blood, then they should just pay the donor. This way, there will never be blood shortages. Because you and I both know, we would be down there every 4 months giving our blood for an extra fifty-bucks. Right? Opinions??....