Supply chain woes and blood donations


I am a big proponent of donating blood. I’m a coward when it comes to essentially all things medical but I can assure you that the process is painless, and not even terribly wooz-inducing. I’m up to thirty donations now and my only regret is that I didn’t start earlier.

During the preparation for one of my donations – temperature, blood pressure, hemoglobin check, a whole bunch of very personal questions – while looking over my file the nurse exclaimed “Oh my goodness”. Being a bit of a Negative-Norman I immediately assumed she had found something on my chart indicating some sort of rare disorder that will cause my blood to solidify in my veins by age seventy or some other hideous affliction.

… she had found that not only is my blood type RH O Negative, making me a Universal Donor … but I am also CMV negative.

But no; what she told me was that she had found that not only is my blood type RH O Negative, making me a Universal Donor – Everybody Loves DC or maybe Donovan Leach will re-record the Universal Soldier, but updated to Donor – but I am also CMV negative.

My wild hoots of relief came to an abrupt end when I realized I had no idea what she was talking about. She explained that CMV is a virus that about half the adults in the world have. It poses no health problem unless you are a newborn in need of a transfusion, then you’d be wanting CMV-free blood. As the New York Blood Centre puts it: CMV (cytomegalovirus) is a common virus found in the environment. It can be spread through body fluids, including blood transfusions. About 50% of the general population is infected. It is not a serious infection, except for people who are already in compromised health conditions, such as newborn babies or pregnant women. In these cases, the CMV virus could cause birth defects.

About 50% of the general population is infected. It is not a serious infection, except for people who are already in compromised health conditions, such as newborn babies or pregnant women

Yep, I’m a baby saver!

No cape, no ability to leap tall buildings – not even short ones come to think of it, and I get claustrophobic in elevators – just about ten pints of baby-saving blood flowing through the maze of my veins.

The fact that I am both CMV Negative and O Negative puts me in a very small group; about 1.4% of the world’s population. It seems to me that we baby-saving double negatives should be treated in a royal manner. Perhaps we should be housed in large elegant mansions, with a veritable army of staff to see to our needs. Provided with only the best food and drink prepared by world-class chefs, first-rate exercise equipment, and superior sound systems. Thus ensuring we make certain our rare but baby-saving blood is ready for harvesting every 56 days.

More than just monetary loss results when the supply chain problem is applied to the process of blood transfusions. Please consider donating.

We continue to struggle with the COVID19 pandemic that seems to show signs of abating one day only to come roaring back the next. Retailers and restaurants, bars, and car dealerships are all bemoaning the economic effect of the pandemic on their businesses. One often hears the reference to ‘supple chain’ problems, the inability to provide products or services because they are not available. More than just monetary loss results when the supply chain problem is applied to the process of blood transfusions. Please consider donating.

Published by DCMontreal

DCMontreal - Deegan Charles Stubbs - is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DCMontreal on Twitter and on Facebook, and add him on Google+

One thought on “Supply chain woes and blood donations

  1. Garry used to get three or four calls a week for blood donations. I don’t even know his blood type because I don’t think HE knows it, but it isn’t O- or anything rare. But he was a good donor, not squeamish and you can find his veins without a battle. By the time he turned 75, I suggested that maybe it was time to pass the baton. No one wants my blood. I’ve had cancer and no one would take the risk — and I don’t blame them. Also, finding a vein anywhere on my body from which blood can be drawn has flummoxed entire departments. I dread having blood drawn because what remain of my veins are scarred and they have started to look at my hands — and THAT hurts.

    But Garry was great about it. They called, he came.

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