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Trotted off to Canadian Blood Services today and left a pint of AB+ behind. Only took seven minutes to fill it. Go me! There was a young man there giving blood for the first time and all the nurses and volunteers were fawning all over him - partially because he was a newbie, partially because he was adorably cute. He was stoic, shy, polite and cute and then sadly, while sitting eating cookies and sipping watered down juice, he quietly turned the colour of recycled paper and looked around like a wounded puppy. Then nurses were awesome with him and before he knew it, he was lying on a gurney with compresses and ice on his neck and wrists and a little barf bag clutched in his little cold clammy hand looking all of about twelve. I hope this experience doesn't discourage him and he keeps giving the gift of life.

Did you know that one unit of your blood can help save up to three lives.

Here, have some fun "facts" from the CBS website...

TYPE O
45% of Canadians have type O blood.
Many experts believe that your personality, career and even your diet can be influenced by your blood type.
In addition to your tendency towards romanticism, an aptitude for writing and a love of hearty eating and exercise, here are a few other things you should know about being an O:
Personality: Business-minded | Clear-sighted | Respectful
Career: Accountant | Caterer | Businessperson
Health: Seafood or Red Meat | Vegetables | Vigorous Aerobic Exercise

TYPE A
42% of Canadians have type A blood.
Many experts believe that your personality, career and even your diet can be influenced by your blood type.
In addition to your tendency towards idealism, aptitude for farming and a love of vegetables, here are a few other things you should know about being an A:

Personality: Master of Intrigue | Blind in Love | Always well 'pressed'
Career: Translator | Economist | Gardner
Health: High carbs/Low fat | Gentle Exercise | Meditation

TYPE B
9% of Canadians have type B blood.
Many experts believe that your personality, career and even your diet can be influenced by your blood type.
In addition to your tendency towards diversity, aptitude for sleuthing and a love of all food, here are a few other things you should know about being a B:
Personality: Candid | Emotional | A great sleeper!
Career: Designer | Journalist | Hairdresser
Health: Varied Diet | Dairy Products | Swimming/walking


TYPE AB
Only 3.5% of Canadians have type AB blood.
Many experts believe that your personality, career and even your diet can be influenced by your blood type.
In addition to your tendency towards diplomacy, aptitude for teaching and a love of most foods, here are a few other things you should know about being an AB:
Personality: Cool | Sensible | A Fast Critic
Career: Negotiator | Company Manager | Healthcare Professional
Health: Varied Diet | Calming Exercise | Relaxation Techniques

Comments

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kittehkat
Oct. 11th, 2008 02:27 am (UTC)
Whoa, it's all spot on! With every one I know! My roommate's family, too! :o
chootoy
Oct. 11th, 2008 03:41 am (UTC)
Isn't it interesting. :o)
geneli4
Oct. 11th, 2008 02:48 am (UTC)
good for you for donating! thank you!
chootoy
Oct. 11th, 2008 03:42 am (UTC)
I makes you feel good doesn't it? I'll be going back in 56 days. :o)
geneli4
Oct. 11th, 2008 02:25 pm (UTC)
i haven't been able to donate in ages, not enough iron, which is SO LAME. :/
chootoy
Oct. 11th, 2008 02:37 pm (UTC)
NO! NOT lame at all. Women have this issue all the time. I was talking about that with the screening nurse and she said that that's the reason that the majority of women can't donate.
gremmie_goo
Oct. 11th, 2008 04:33 am (UTC)
I don't know my blood type. Is that bad? How do I find out?
chootoy
Oct. 11th, 2008 02:33 pm (UTC)
Aw, sweetie, no it's not bad if you don't know. A lot of people don't know.
If you want to know all you have to do is donate. You'll find out then. AND you'll get cookies and juice when you're all done. :o)

[if you do go and donate - remember to have something to eat before. You'll end up like the boy in my post and feel faint or barfy if you don't]

And I found out yesterday that there is a full-time clinic on King George out in Surrey. Had I known, I would have gone there instead of taking transit for over an hour to get down to the main facilities on Oak Street.

Let me know if you go in. Tell me what blood type you are. *smooch*
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