“O” Positive or Not

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Michele HoweBy Michele Howe

Last month I gave blood for the first time in a long time.

It had been such a long stretch between giving that I couldn’t remember if I was O positive or O negative. Ironically, I wondered if the people who know me best would know the difference either.

When I received my shiny red donor card emblazoned with O positive right under my name, I sort of laughed, because I know better. More often than not, I am not O-so-positive. Rather, I am O-so-negative.

I could blame it on the type of work I do, because reviewers have to see manuscripts with a critical eye in order to review them accurately.

I shouldn’t allow my ability to read a text with a critical eye to spill over into my life . . . but I do.

So, whether I want to call it another New Year’s resolution or not, I am determined to begin my day giving thanks for what I have and look at every new day embracing an O positive attitude.

And another thing . . . giving blood regularly is a positive step in the right direction too. Here are some interesting facts I learned from the Red Cross website after giving some of mine.

·        Blood donations save up to three lives.

·        Only 30% of first-time donors come back a second time.

·        Often blood supplies are just two days away from running out.

·        Every day in the U.S. over 39,000 donations are needed.

·        More than 1/2 of the blood needed nationwide is Type O.

·        Visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS to schedule your next donation.

Michele Howe is a LaSalle resident and author of “One Size Fits All.” For more information, visit http://michelehowe.wordpress.com/.

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