I'm going to blame my bad attitude on this topic on our continued financial stresses, since I really don't think the American Red Cross is an evil entity, but I was pretty peeved a few months back when I learned that they SELL the blood donations to hospitals at a nice profit! I likely missed the boat on learning the truth, but in my mind, they were going around collecting blood from generous, non-squeamish souls (myself excluded) out of the goodness of their red cross hearts. Turns out they drive those bloodmobiles all the way to the bank! (And yes I am smirking at my cleverness...what can I say, it's been a long day devoid of humor.) Well, when you are married to an O- a.k.a. universal donor guy, they really want to get you under the needle. And by "you" I mean him. So we get several calls a month, now, from the Red Cross and sometimes other blood collection groups, letting him know where they will be collecting blood and inviting him to come "donate". We got one such call today. And it's not even my blood, but I feel a whole lot less generous with my husband's liquid gold now that I know they'll just turn around and make a nice profit from it. We've decided that we should just skip the middle man and sell his blood/plasma ourselves, but that would require that he actually have time to sit down for a half hour and do nothing. Which unfortunately he doesn't have the luxury of doing presently. And he certainly can't afford to do it for nothing!
I'm O+, which is apparently not as valuable since it can't be given to preemies. Darn RhD antigens! Actually, this is a good thing because it diminishes my guilt at wanting to keep all my blood to myself. I felt faint watching Bill Nye the Science Guy donate blood. I don't think it's the thing for me, whether paid or pro bono.