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BLOOD DONORS ARE GOOD FOR COUNTLESS REASONS

Dear Readers: You may be one of the lucky ones who have never been rushed to a hospital following an accident that required a blood transfusion. However, there are countless people who were not that lucky. In any case, if you've never thought of being a blood donor, please consider this:

WHAT GOOD IS A BLOOD DONOR?A blood donor is good for people who go through windshields and red lights. For somebody with leukemia. For people being operated on. For barefoot kids who aren't careful. For people who are into feudin' and fightin'. For hemophiliacs and daredevils. For people undergoing dialysis while waiting for a kidney transplant. For people who fool around with guns. For little kids who manage to uncap a bottle of something poisonous.

A blood donor is good for people who have been badly burned. For new mothers who need transfusions. For new babies who need a complete change of blood supply. For people having open-heart surgery. For cancer patients. For people with severe hepatitis and anemia. For kids who fall out of trees or whatever. For anybody at any age with bleeding ulcers. For people who were in the wrong place at the wrong time.

A blood donor is good for people who are in a lot worse shape than most people you know.

A blood donor is good for life!

Dear Abby: Do you think it is ethical for a physician's wife to work as a receptionist in her husband's office?

I go to two doctors whom I like very much, but I don't want their wives to know my medical history or the status of my bills. Some wives are even worse than regular receptionists when it comes to protecting the boss from patients' calls and messages.

Do you think they should work in the office?

- No Name, Small Town

Dear No Name: Many young physicians, when they first go into private practice, hire their wives (some of whom are nurses) to assist them in the office. The wives of physicians are intelligent enough to realize that their husbands' practice would suffer should it become known that someone in the office blabbed about a patient's medical history or credit.

Dear Abby: My husband and I were married on May 2, 1992. Since then, we have been invited to 13 weddings. The last one wasn't in our budget, so instead of buying a wedding gift, I found a lovely gift (still in its original gift box) we had received for our own wedding.

I rewrapped it carefully and sent it to the bride and groom. (The groom was a relative of my husband who lived in an adjoining state, and we rarely saw them.)

Two weeks after the wedding, we received a telephone call. The bride and groom wanted to know if my husband and I had given them a wedding gift, because they couldn't seem to find one from us and feared it had been lost. Finally, they asked what we had given them, and, after we told them, they responded, "Oh, yes, we received that gift, but the card inside said `Jane Doe.' "

I almost fell to the floor. `Jane Doe' is the friend who gave that gift to us!

I'm sure my husband and I aren't the first couple to have recycled a gift, but it was quite embarrassing.

P.S. The bride and groom sent us a nice thank-you; inside, it read: "And please thank Jane for us, too."

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