I never really followed Sammy Hagar’s solo career until he became the lead singer of Van Halen. One of my favorite Hagar songs is “Give to Live,” and I was thinking about it as I visited Florida Blood Services today to donate blood. Sammy’s song kept playing in my head with some modified lyrics. “You gotta’ give (so that others may) live.”
I credit my mom with educating my about the importance of blood donation. To her, donating blood was almost a civic duty. I used to go regularly, but recent travels slammed the breaks on my ability to donate. I’ve been to Cancun, Costa Maya and Cozumel about once or twice a year over the past three years, and it seems one, if not all, of those cities was on the list of destinations that would automatically disqualify you as a donor.
It turns out my last blood donation was in August of 2008, and with my visit today I reached the 4 gallon mark. That’s pretty mind-blowing when you think about it.
I took Daniel with me today to introduce him to the process, and much to my surprise, he was very cool with it. I hope that in five and a half years, he make blood donation part of his regular routine.
I donate blood because I like how this type of giving makes me feel. I also know the importance of blood banks and how lives are saved every day because of blood transfusions, etc. So if you’re reading this post, and you put up with the rants and ramblings that I write, then I can assure you a little prick in the arm much more tolerable than the big prick whose blog you’re reading. 🙂