July 18, 2006
by: jovial_cynic
No, it's not what you're thinking. I need a break from the violence, so this is not a post about the senseless bloodshed that's taking place in the Middle East.

I went to fill up a cup with ice for my Pepsi (big fan of Pepsi, by the way), and on the way to the cafeteria, I noticed that one of the conference rooms had a bunch of lab tables set up. Apparently, it's blood-donation day here at work, so I figured I'd take a break from my busy schedule and give some of my blood away.

After a very long series of questions by the medical examiner as I thought about the whole process of giving and receiving blood (poetic, during these crazy times), I was told that I am in fact ineligable, indefinitely. Apparently, my time in Germany from ages 4 to 7 potentially exposed me to Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease or Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease... otherwise known as Mad Cow Disease.

That's fantastic. Thanks to the global beef industry's cost-saving method of chopping up inedible cow byproduct and feeding it back to cows, I might have contracted a brain-wasting disease. Brain... wasting... disease. Awesome.

And it sucks that I can't give blood. Stupid food industry. I swear, the food industry has introduced so many problems into humanity, all just to make more money.
np category: personal


Mark Glesne said:
I feel your pain. My time in Europe as a youngster has banned me from giving blood as well.
July 18, 2006

Kristen said:
I couldn't give for a while there after going to Africa, but now I'm usually told my iron is too low. Grrr.
July 19, 2006

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