On Sunday morning, November 5, 2006, I give thanks for :
food on my table, (cream cheese omelet prepared by chef Pablo Joan-say)
Giving Thanks, Giving Back
Many years ago, I found a way to share my blessings. I became a regular blood donor. My O- blood was in great demand. Usually anyone, regardless of blood type, can use O- blood if necessary. About 6 years ago, the director of the local blood bank approached me. He had noticed that in addition to being O-, my blood was also negative for Cytomegalovirus or CMV. As I understand it, CMV is a virus that most adults have been exposed to at some point in their life. It may not even make you sick, or you won’t recognize it because it resembles many other illnesses. Once you are exposed, you carry that CMV in your blood. For most healthy people, CMV is not a problem. For a young child or premature baby, it can be fatal. Our local blood bank tries to schedule at least one CMV- donor daily to meet the blood needs of those babies. One pint of my high test, O-, CMV- blood could help 4-5 of those babies at a time without regard to their blood type. WOW!
It doesn’t hurt. I have huge, easy to see and use veins. I fill the bag quickly. It only takes about an hour total from my day. I am now participating in a program that will allow me to give 2 units of red blood cells every 112 days. The blood bank keeps only the red blood cells and returns the rest of the stuff to me. Now I can help 8-10 babies every 4 months. What an opportunity! I gave my first ALYX donation on Thursday.
I want to share the experience with you. We used my right arm this time, so the photos were not easy to take. They got quite a kick out of watching me try to focus and snap!
I know many people can’t give for various reasons. It is not my intention to make anyone feel bad, but I would like to encourage anyone that can to GIVE. If you need more information, let me know or contact your local blood bank. Also, a ton of information is available online.
Thanks for letting me stand on the soap box this morning and share with you.
I want to say.......
Between The Storms
Between the storms
Rappahannock River Rainbow
Thankful for Small Joys
And just to lighten things up a bit, the antics of my pets.shadow play
Giving Thanks for Veterans
The Beauty of Motherhood
There is a certain aura around a pregnant woman that just glows, I suppose that is why people will tell you "you just seem to glow".
In the second photo, it is my grandson listening to his little sister inside mom's tummy.
The third photo, my daughter-in-law was laughing at how hard the baby was kicking, saying she should go out for Soccer.
In this fourth photo, I tried to capture the love and tenderness between a mother and all of her children.
The last photo is a clolored pencil effect of my granddaughter and her mom.
By the way, this is so special because this is a step-mother and daughter relationship.
I guess you could also say this is one for the "Giving Thanks" section.
We give thanks for life and the love and protection a mother and father provide for their children.
I need some help and I hope there' a few good computer folks out there. I saved a Sensormatic control system from certain death, but the computer has the most promise. Themotherboard
is a AMD 486(am486 DE2-66V8TGC). Thepower supply is not a "drop in" but custom to this application. There are a bunch ofconnectors on back of cabinet I want to bring it back up for a "homework machine" for some kids(oldest 11). Any help would be appreciated.
Reflections of Thanks
P.S. I hope that I have not offended anyone with this post, but these are the real things that I am thankful for.