Despite the title, this isn't about female issues. Then again, I suppose it kind of is...
See, I got a call from the blood people this week. Remember a couple of weeks ago? I donated blood at the university blood drive?
So this very friendly blood woman called and said, in a very nice way, "your blood sucks", or something like that.
Come to think of it, I think what she actually said was, "We ask that you don't donate to the blood supply anymore", which to me sounded like
"your blood sucks" or
"don't let the door hit you on the way out".
As she very nicely explained, women who have been pregnant, often develop certain antibodies. These antibodies have shown in recent years to be quite dangerous to certain people who have certain underlying illnesses when those certain people receive blood transfusions containing the antibodies.
By "quite dangerous", it means they usually die.
It's a rare thing, but to play it safe, the blood people throw out the been-pregnant-lady-antibody blood. She explained that the antibodies are of no harm to me, but I will have them for the rest of my life, hence the "don't come back".
I perked up when she said,
there is research being done to determine the cause of this particular reaction. Your blood would be useful for such research"
there isn't any research currently being done in Colorado."
there will likely be research in Colorado in the near future."
She asked if I'd like to be added to a database of people willing to donate for research, and I said I would. So maybe all is not lost.
And I suppose if I have to choose between having my kids and being useful as a blood donor, it's an easy choice.