The answer is “I’m not interested”

The question I asked was “Can you come to our blood drive and donate today?”

Really… not interested? That’s what you got? Ok, so I have to maintain my professionalism and not say what’s on my mind, which is “Ten minutes down the road you may be very interested!” Instead, I attempted to thank him for his time, but he was in such a hurry to get away from me that I didn’t have the chance to say anything.

Not interested. Why is it that people become interested only when it’s something shocking, like the horrific events in Boston and Oklahoma? Then I had people calling to see if they could run a blood drive for the victims. Very admirable for sure, but then again, I would’ve liked to have asked them “Where were you 3 weeks ago, when we had a crisis in the emergency room and used 35 units of blood to save a person’s life?” What about those people?

I guess my point is this – every day, in every hospital around the country there’s a crisis of some sort. Their story doesn’t make the evening news, but to the family and friends who are waiting with fingers crossed and prayers on their lips, the well-being and survival of the patient is just as urgent to them.

Thanks to the people who donate frequently simply because it’s the right thing to do, we manage to get the job done. But wouldn’t it be great if everyone who was eligible to donate came out to do just that? No blood shortages… ever! What a concept.

-This post was submitted by Pat Bonnier, Donor Program Supervisor at Bon Secours Charity Health System