Sometimes The Silver Lining In A Dark CloudI try to donate whole blood every eight weeks, and I have been mostly successful at doing that for the past 22 years. Recently, I changed employers and accepted a traveling job. From week to week, I did not know where I would have to be, and it made finding a mobile donation close to home or work very difficult. Blood drives organized by church groups, civic organizations, and universities are wonderful, but they are very hit or miss, unless I have an entire day to devote to a donation. I no longer work in the downtown area of a major city, where I could always find a convenient opportunity to donate within walking distance of work.
I volunteered for a six-month work assignment in another city. After three days of airline middle seats, trying to get my luggage onto crowded subways, long lines for coffee, not having a security access card at work, and the usual joy of the workplace, I took a deep breath and decided to see if there was a donation center near my temporary workplace. I had started questioning the wisdom of what I had gotten myself into. It had also been 11 weeks since my last donation, and I couldn't match my free time with a mobile blood drive. It turns out that there is a huge permanent Red Cross donation center within walking distance of my six-month work location. I am good for the next 8 weeks and I know right where to go when day 57 rolls around.
I am feeling much better about this work situation already.