Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Bleed all About It!

It's that time of year again. The time when that big, ridiculous bus pulls up and camps just off the PCSU patio for a couple days, luring unsuspecting students in. Then, BAM! Before you know it, you're short about two pints of blood.

Ok, ok, the Blood Assurance people aren't evil at all. They're actually all, in my experience, nice people who like their jobs.

However, I have some complaints.

1. Timing: I realize that it would be economically inefficient for the Blood Assurance people to do the blood drive for more than a couple days, but two to three days just doesn't seem like enough.

It's like I walk out of my classes one day, see the "Magic School Bus"-esque transport sitting there, and think to myself, "Oh! It must be blood drive time!"

I'm always excited to give blood, but before I have a chance to fit them into my schedule in the next day or so, they're gone!

Problem: Now you see them, now you don't. They arrive on campus for four to five hours a day over a two or three day span, and that's it. This does not always give students, particularly commuters who may be less aware of the campus event schedule, the best opportunity to make it out.

Solution: Either Blood Assurance should get funding to extend the drive or Lee should promote it better, perhaps through quick chapel videos or fun contests. This may ultimately make the extra stay worth Blood Assurance's while.

2. Tall Order: It's true; Complaint #1 may be a little bit weak if you consider the fact that students who see the bus could, on a whim, go in and donate. However, the ladies are always sure to warn us to eat "a hearty meal" before giving blood.

And doesn't giving blood take a while? I'm no expert.

I'm simply doing the math. If I have a 45 minute break between my first class and my second and I'm required to eat a hearty meal before donating, and donating itself takes over 20 minutes, I'm going to have to squeeze that little stress ball faster than you can say, "I love the Lee Clarion."

It's just difficult to fit that demand for food into the schedule along with the donating part.

3. Shifts: The shifts are very strange. Last year, it was something like 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. then 2:30-5:30 p.m. I understand that those workers need to eat, but a solid shift would be at least easier to remember if nothing else. I always managed to come by right when they went to lunch. Bummer.

But this year, in my e-mail it didn't even tell me when the shifts were.

All this poking fun to say that I think the blood drive is important, because it is a way for us to easily save or change lives right here in Cleveland.

As stated in an e-mail by Mickey Moore, director of the Health Clinic, the economy has taken a toll on the amount of blood donated to Blood Assurance, so it's more important now than ever that students are making it out to give.

Today is the final day. I can't tell you when exactly, or how best to go about donating, but all you can do is try.


Trish said...

HOW AWESOME!!! The campus blood drive may the LEE CLARION! I'm excited. I love your suggestions and comments. My name is Trish Black and I've worked with Lee for many years to set up their drives. It's nice to have comments...being good or bad. How do we know what we're doing (right or wrong) if no one shares this information? Maybe I could do an interview and we can discuss further. I would love the opportunity!

I hope you were able to find time to donate! If not, please stop by our location on Keith Street anytime...we'd love to have you!

K. Ray said...

I've found that going to the location on Keith Street is much easier and more enjoyable than giving on the bus (though, if that's the only one way can give, please do so). I can get there, give blood, eat the snack, and get home within an hour, so I always know how much time to schedule. It's a great experience, so try that next time.

Dr. Brown