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Where in the World is Scarlett O’Negative



By Scarlett O'Negative

Stanford Blood Center is sometimes mistakenly thought to be a part of Stanford Hospital, when in fact it is part of Stanford University Medical School. We’re very proud to be part of this venerable institution. The cosmopolitan nature of the University is especially appealing.

Students, staff, and faculty come to Stanford from every part of the world. This brings me to one of my favorite subjects: maps. Among the many fine libraries at Stanford is the Branner Earth Sciences Library and Map Center, which has a collection of 270,000 sheet maps. Maps are particularly important when tracking the world’s hot spots, of which there are many right now.

Speaking of maps, there’s much talk during the Libyan crisis about the region of western North Africa known as The Maghreb. I’m in a place which translated from the Berber is known as “The place of the winds.” Two movie tickets to the first person to guess which capital of a Maghreb country this refers to.

Scarlett Loves Mountain View

By Scarlett O'Negative

Mountain View has so much going for it. Take high tech companies, for example. MV is home to Google, Symantec, Intuit, and many start ups. Some of these might even be the next high tech leaders. Personally, I love SmugMug, the photo sharing site. Isn’t that such a great name?

All these clever programmers need to eat and there’s no shortage of foodie places on Castro Street, the main drag. Pick your cuisine: Chinese, Thai, Indian, Mediterranean, Mexican,Turkish, and many more.

Mountain View offers an assortment of diverse cultural and recreational opportunities. The Mountain View Center for Performing Arts, a stunning architectural beauty, hosts a variety of events. Shoreline Park has a boating lake and miles of paths for walking and cycling, which are linked to beautiful Steven’s Creek Trail.

The NASA Ames Research Center is located at Moffett Field, complete with a very big wind tunnel. If that’s too stratospheric for you, there’s Airship Ventures, which runs flights in one of only two zeppelins in the world.

With good jobs, good food, and lots of recreation, local residents are hopefully happy and healthy. When they do need care, they may turn to El Camino Hospital for help. POPSCI calls El Camino the most technologically advanced hospital in the world. When patients need blood, local community minded employees and residents can donate at Stanford Blood Center’s Mountain View location, close by the hospital. Local blood for local people. That’s community spirit.


It’s My Birthday – So What Can I Give You?

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By Scarlett O'Negative

Do you know that inside the human body 2.4 million red blood cells are born each second? Since red cells, like me, are recycled by white blood cells and only live for about six months, birthdays are kind of important to me. It got me thinking about the fragility of life. What if, instead of or in addition to receiving a present, everyone on their birthday gave a gift to someone else? Wouldn’t that give a whole new meaning to this annual event and make the world a better place?

Your birthday is the time of the year when you reflect on what’s going on in your life. Sure, it’s also about receiving presents, going out to dinner, or taking the day off. But consider how good it will feel to think about others and use this special milestone as a day of giving?

When someone asks you what you did on your birthday, wouldn’t it be great to tell them something like you had Thai food, got a pair of concert tickets from your friend, and gave blood to save a life? I think you could have serious bragging rights.

Scarlett Angelou Bronte Dickinson Elliot Stein Wants You

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By Scarlett O'Negative

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and the chocolates, flowers, and if you’re lucky, diamonds will be coming out. But whatever happened to good, old-fashioned poetry?

Stanford Blood Center invites you to write a haiku for those closest to your heart, literally (blood/blood donors) or figuratively (a thing called love). What better way to show your love and appreciation than by publicly stating your feelings.

All poems will be shared on our website and various social media sites on Monday, February 14.

Please submit your entries by Sunday, February 13 to:

SBCsocialmedia@lists.stanford.edu

Have your loved ones view your work on our blog, Facebook page, and website on Valentine’s Day.

Here’s the one I wrote for my boyfriend, Sunny:

Sunny shines so bright
Brings hope to all those in need
A platelet delight

Scarlett’s Getting Her Polyphenols (with milk, no sugar)

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By Scarlett O'Negative

Here I am sipping a luxurious cup of tea, enjoying the beauty of The Stanford Campus. I’m simply into the aroma and taste of these wonderful leaves, but more cerebral people (not blood drops) tell me that tea is rich in anti-oxidants and there are many health benefits to drinking it.

Tea is one of the great pleasures of life, right up there with trips to Tuscany, the Jaguar Mark 2, and donating blood.

A Little Negativity Goes a Long Way

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By Scarlett O'Negative

We are in need of A negative and O Negative donors due to a shortage of these types. Today alone there are seven adult cardiac patients at Stanford Hospital undergoing aortic valve surgeries, which can use 25 or more units of blood each. There are also two children needing heart/lung repair surgeries, each requiring 5-10 units of blood.

If you have one of these blood groups, you will be:

O - 1 person in 15 or 6.6% of the population

A - 1 person in 16 or 6.3% of the population

This would put you in an exclusive club. Speaking of which, all blood donors are in an exclusive club. Of the approximately 7.1 million residents of The San Francisco Bay Area, only about 39% are eligible to donate at any given time. Of that 39%, only about 3% actually donate blood. Isn’t that amazing?

How would you like to be in such a club? 3% is pretty elite.

Here’s a comparison:

• More than half the U.S. population 25 years of age and over in 2000, (52 percent) had completed at least some college education.

• Just under one quarter (24 percent) had a bachelor’s degree or more.

• Nine percent had an advanced degree (master’s degree, professional degree or doctoral degree.)

Scarlett invites you to join this very exclusive club, where you’ll be helping to save lives and deserve some serious bragging rights.

January is National Blood Donor Month

January has been recognized as the national blood donor months for 40 years. With illness and poor weather, it's a tough month for blood drops.

January is named after the Roman God, Janus, and means god of the doorway, as in doorway to the year. Janus is depicted as having two heads - one looking towards the old year, and one looking to the New Year.

Speaking of blood and Romans, it is reputed that the bloodiest battle between contesting Roman armies was the Battle of Lugdunam (Lyon), where as many as 300,000 soldiers fought. Fortunately, Stanford Blood Center has much more modest demands.

Friends, Romans, and blood donors, lend me your blood!

Free Coffee to Donors - Scarlett is Full of Beans

By Scarlett O'Negative

Once again Stanford Blood Center is offering a complementary Peet’s Coffee drink coupon for all donors who donate at a Stanford Blood Center on either Thursday, 12/30 and Friday, 12/31. We love healthy donors and it appears that coffee has health benefits.

According to Neil Osterwiel of WebMD, coffee drinkers are:

• less likely to have type 2 diabetes, Parkinson's disease, and dementia
• have fewer cases of certain cancers, heart rhythm problems, and strokes

Coffeeresearch.org has a great map of the coffee growing regions round the world. Wow, look at Brazil’s exports. That’s a lot of caffeine to make Scarlett Samba.

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Scarlett Invites You to the Movies During the Holidays

By Scarlett O'Negative

My friends at Stanford Blood Center realize that people are busy during the holidays, so they are offering a free movie tickets to every donor who donates at a Stanford Blood center in Palo Alto or Mountain View between Monday, December 20th and Saturday, January 8th.

Personally, I want to see Black Swan. I’ve always wanted to be a ballerina – must be something to do with my natural grace. Move aside Natalie Portman, Scarlett’s ready to pirouette.

Speaking of Natalie Portman, apparently she trained intensely for the role in the movie, starting a progressively demanding dance training a year before shooting began. This is the same kind of energy and attention that goes into training a phlebotomist at Stanford Blood Center.

Our training team, Mary and Wendy, put trainee phlebotomists through 4 months of rigorous training, including sticking the trainers themselves scarlett_movies.jpgwith a practice venipuncture. Now that’s confidence! The better the training, the less ouch!

Wikileaks and Leeks of a Different Kind

By Scarlett O'Negative

We’ve heard a lot recently about Wikileaks, but this shouldn’t overshadow another kind of leek, the worthy vegetable.

Leeks are rich in the flavonoid kaempferol, manganese, vitamin B6, vitamin C, folate, and iron. According to the food magazine, Gayot, the venerable leek is thought to have these health benefits –

• Lower LDL (bad) cholesterol
• Raise HDL (good) cholesterol
• Help stabilize blood sugars
• Reduce the risk of ovarian cancer
• Strengthen the immune system

Pretty impressive! Leeks may be part of the arsenal of helpful foods which keep blood donors healthy over the holidays. We’ll need you.

Does anyone have a good leek recipe to share?

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Giving Blood is a Good Sport – Sort Of…



By John Williams, Marketing Manager, Stanford Blood Center

Tennis, football, baseball, basketball…giving blood?

Yes, giving blood could be considered a sport. According to Wikipedia:

A sport is commonly defined as an organized, competitive, and skillful physical activity requiring commitment and fair play. It is governed by a set of rules or customs.

Let’s examine these criteria.

Organized – You make an appointment to donate, despite your busy life.
Skillful physical activity – Donating is physical.
Commitment –You must have a desire to save lives in exchange for a little of your time.
Fair play –How much fairer can you get than selflessly saving a life?
Set of rules – The Federal Drug Administration ensures donor and patient safety.
Competitive – I saved this one for last – many donors compete with themselves to see how many lives they can help save. We have a few donors who have given over 500 units!

Do you know that Stanford Blood Center gives away stuff now and again as a modest reward for taking the time to donate?

Now through the end of 2010, our friends at Sports Basement - Sunnyvale have given us 20% off coupons for all blood donors.

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Scarlett Says Thanks For the Giving

By Scarlett O'Negative

I was thinking about Thanksgiving. While myself, along with many humans and a few blood drops, will be feasting this Thursday, some unfortunate people will be on the street. It doesn’t have to be so.

There is a wonderful organization called InnVision which provides the only homeless shelter on The San Francisco Peninsula. My friends at Stanford Blood Center have pledged $10 for every person who donates blood products between today, 11/22 and 11/24 at one of its centers. $20 will provide a bed for a homeless person for night at Hotel De Zink.

Double Your Donation is a great way to give twice over the Thanksgiving holiday. Where else can you save up to three lives and get someone out of the rain?

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Beating Cal is the Cardinal Rule

By Scarlett O'Negative

Colleges compete. Football teams compete. But did you know that blood centers compete?

The Big Game between Stanford and Cal is coming up this Saturday, but the blood drive competition already happened yesterday. Every year, Stanford Blood Center collects units at Stanford, and the Red Cross and UCSF collect at Cal. It’s called, “Rivals for Life” and is a very good day for blood drops, not to mention patients.

Speaking of collegiate competitions, 2 movie tix to the first person to correctly guess which US University has won the most Nobel Prizes in terms of faculty, former faculty, and alumni combined?

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Scarlett Wants to Know, Who's the Best Blood Group (or Solo Artist)?

By Scarlett O'Negative

So which band or solo artist do you think makes the best use of lyrics containing the word “blood”?

2 movie tix to the best answer.

Please make your vote below.

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Pumpkinpalooza at Ptanford Plood Penter

By Scarlett O'Negative

Sorry, Scarlett likes alliteration. But seriously, Stanford Blood Center is giving away a medium-sized pumpkin to all blood donors who donate a center this Wednesday, Oct 27th. So what’s so good about pumpkins anyway?

- Pumpkins contain potassium and Vitamin A.
- Pumpkin flowers are edible.
- The largest pumpkin pie ever made was over five feet in diameter and weighed over 350 pounds. It used 80 pounds of cooked pumpkin, 36 pounds of sugar, 12 dozen eggs and took six hours to bake.
-In early colonial times, pumpkins were used as an ingredient for the crust of pies, not the filling.
Pumpkins were once recommended for removing freckles and curing snake bites.

There’s many more pumpkin facts, but you get the idea…pretty cool fruit.

2 movie tickets to the first person to name the winning weight of this year’s 2010 Winner of the Half Moon Bay World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off. Please leave comments below.

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Scarlett O’Negative – Blood Drop Shutterbug

By Scarlett O'Negative

When I was a young blood drop, I used to think that I was named after a negative. You know, as in photo negative. Of course, that’s silly, why would a blood drop be named after a photographic process?

But speaking of negatives, do you know that Stanford Blood Center is holding a photo contest? It’s all about the spirit of giving. Anyone can enter and it runs through the month of October. Please tell your shutterbug friends – there are some nice prizes.

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Scarlett Wins a Nobel Prize for Shopping

By Scarlett O'Negative

I didn’t really, but it is Nobel Prize time again and it’s got me thinking about all those clever people who have spoken at Stanford Blood Center’s Café Scientifique program. If you haven’t been to one of these, you’re missing out. These science cafes were started about ten years ago in England as an accessible way of learning about the latest ideas in science and technology. They have spread around the world, with many in the Bay Area, including ours.

SBC has had many speakers, ranging from cancer researches to climate experts. Don’t miss author Thea Cooper this Thursday, Oct 14, who will be discussing her new book, Breakthrough, which is about the discovery of insulin. On Thursday, November 18, Stanford Medical School’s Dean Pizzo will discuss the future of medical education. And these world class talks are always free.

Two movie tickets to the first person to name which Stanford Blood Center Café Scientifique speaker was the winner of a Nobel Prize. Please leave answers below.

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Scarlett Suffers from Acrophobia

By Scarlett O'Negative

They say that the best way to conquer your fears is to dive right in. I’m afraid of heights (acrophobia), which to me means anything above two feet. So I went to the climbing wall at Stanford University’s Arrillaga Gym to put the theory to the test. I am so proud of myself for climbing up at least 20 feet. The only problem was getting down again – you know what they say, “DON’T LOOK DOWN!” Fortunately, my very nice climbing instructor, Stephen, lowered me to terra firma.

There are some very interesting phobias, such as Chronomentrophobia- fear of clocks, Lutraphobia- fear of otters, and Pentheraphobia- fear of mother-in-law, but the one I don’t understand is the fear of giving blood - if you haven’t already, please give it a try. Trust me, it’s a lot easier than coming down a climbing wall. Check this out.

Two movie tickets to the first person to name the writer of this:

"What potions have I drunk of Siren tears,
Distill'd from limbecks foul as hell within,
Applying fears to hopes, and hopes to fears,
Still losing when I saw myself to win!"

Please leave comments below.

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Scarlett Trains for the World Cup

By Scarlett O'Negative

My mentor and buddy, Nicole Barnhart, dropped by the blood center yesterday to hang out with donors, sign autographs, and mentor me for the Women’s Soccer World Cup. Nicole’s the goalkeeper for the US Women’s National Team and local WPS club, FC Gold Pride. Nicole has been a great supporter of and is a blood donor. Check out the photo below, where Nicole is teaching me how to do a blood drop kick!

FC Gold Pride, who is top of the Women’s Professional Soccer League, will be playing in the WPS Championship game this Sunday, 9/26. Blood drops of the world, wish them well.

Be sure to catch Erin's, (fellow blogger) great interview with Nicole, which will be posted next week.

2 movie tickets to the first person to name the non-US players on the FC Gold Pride team. Please leave comments below.

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Scarlett’s Going Bookish

By Scarlett O'Negative

I thought it time to hit the books, so I checked out the Stanford University Libraries – wow, what a lot of books. The thing is, libraries of the future may not have any physical books at all. For instance, Stanford’s Engineering Library is now almost entirely digital. I like to sit on books to give myself a little more height, but I can’t do that as well virtually. Think of all the trees saved though, and the convenience of accessing texts from your laptop.

2 movie tickets to the first person to name the world’s first library. Please leave comments below.

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Scarlett Applies to Med School to Get Her iPad

By Scarlett O'Negative

Someone told me that first year students at Stanford Medical School would be getting iPads, so, as blood drops are not the wealthiest creatures on the planet, I thought it might be easier to apply to med school to get the iPad rather than buying one. Was I wrong! Do you know how competitive it is to get into Stanford Med School? They told me to enroll in a pre-med program first, so now I have declared a major – yeah!

Many people believe that Stanford Blood Center is part of Stanford Hospital, but we are in fact part of Stanford University’s School of Medicine. What’s really cool is that all these bright medical students at this incredibly innovative school will be studying little ol’ me. Red Blood Cells are very important after all.

Two movie tix to the first person to name this brand new structure (below) on the Stanford Campus. Please leave your comment below.

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Scarlett’s Going Orange, Which is Just Peachy

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By Scarlett O'Negative

In my last post, I said that I was trying to eat a healthier diet, so I’ve been sneaking into the canteen at Stanford Blood Center and indulging myself with delicious award-winning oranges. They come from a wonderful place, Pleasant Valley Ranch, and are occasionally, when available, given to blood donors after they have donated. What a great way to get hydrated.

My human friends at SBC will give a pair of movie tickets to the first person to name a word which rhythms with "orange". Please leave your answer in the “comment” section below.

Scarlett Be Well

By Scarlett O'Negative

Stanford University has a wonderful health and wellness resource called, Be Well.

As you may have noticed, I could lose a few pounds, so I enrolled in some Be Well classes and have cut down my ice cream consumption to 3 pints per day.

I recently read a great article from BeWell about the physiology of inactivity. Apparently, sitting a lot makes it easier to gain weight. Luckily I’m constantly moving around the blood system, so I’m OK – really!

My agent will give a $15 Trader Joe's Gift Card to the first person to guess my birthday (day and month). They have lots of healthy stuff. Scarlett_IceCream.jpgPlease leave your answers in the comments section below.

Scarlett Likes to Shop as Much as the Next Blood Drop

By Scarlett O'Negative

Recently I went shopping for liver. I know, yucky stuff, but Sunny likes it. I asked Sunny why he likes liver so much and he said it’s something to do with his platelet heritage. I guess platelets, and little old me (RBCs), are used many, many times during liver transplants. Who would have known?

Sunny told me that, if a liver transplant goes awry, up to 500 blood products may be transfused at one time. Wow, I said, that’s my entire graduating class at Heme High. My human friends at Stanford Blood Center told me that Stanford Hospital has one of the most important solid organ transplant programs in the human kingdom. I’m impressed!

Speaking of shopping, my agent will give a pair of movie tickets to the first two people to guess which shopping center I was hanging out at in this picture below!

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Sizzling Scarlett

By Scarlett O'Negative

Summer’s finally hotting up but I’m as cool as ever. Every now and again my human compatriots throw a great party for blood donors. They recently hosted the annual O Party in all three Stanford Blood Center locations. Even though it says O (the most popular blood group), the festivities were open to all donors.

Check me out below. I’m with a couple of blood donors who were about to enjoy a great barbeque of hot dogs, hamburgers, buns, and sides at the Mountain View Center event – can you spot me? There are more pics on our Flickr page and if you haven’t seen our Flickr page, you’re missing out on some of the great events that the blood center has done.

My agents will give a pair of movie tix to the first two people to guess what gift the blood center gave out to all donors at the O Party. Please post your answers below in the “comments” section.

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Sweet Scarlett Gets Sweeter

By Scarlett O'Negative

My favorite place to hang out with blood donors is in the canteen. Does it show? My human colleagues make a point of ensuring that donors get the two R’s: Rest and Refreshments, before going on their way. This means yummy cookie and juices.

The kind person who oversees this is often a volunteer and the blood center couldn’t work without them. They not only look after the donors but also work on mobile blood drives and many other wonderful duties. If you or someone you know would like to volunteer at Stanford Blood Center, contact Tessa Moore - TessaMoore@stanford.edu 650-723-6795. Students – this will look great on your college application.

My agents will give a pair of AMC movie tickets to the first two people to post the location of my recent sugar high.

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I Tried to Donate an Organ but There Were Strings Attached…

By Scarlett O'Negative

Last week I went down to the local music shop fully intending to donate an organ. I also brought along a couple of Gibson guitars and a lute. I didn’t understand why the shop assistants were rolling in laughter. I guess I misunderstood what this organ donation thing was all about. So I started looking into it and the light bulb in my blood droppy head went off – it’s about saving lives, not saving musical instruments – duh! I didn’t need to look very far.

Apparently my colleagues at Stanford Blood Center have partnered with the California Transplant Donor Network (CTDN) to further save lives. This is what our guest blogger and CTDN project manager, Sandy Andrada, has to say:

The CTDN saves and improves lives by facilitating organ and tissue donation for transplantation. The CTDN helps 175 hospitals in 41 Northern and Central California and Northern Nevada counties offer the option of organ and tissue donation to families whose loved ones have died. They also coordinate deceased organ recovery and placement, and provide public education with the hope that every resident will become a donor.

In its public education efforts, the CTDN inspires Californians to register their wish to be an organ and tissue donor on the Donate Life California Donor Registry either at the DMV or through www.donateLIFEcalifornia.org.

The California Transplant Donor Network is federally designated as the region's organ recovery organization. For information, visit www.ctdn.org or call (888) 570-9400.For more information on becoming a donor and the Donate Life California Donor Registry, visit www.donateLIFEcalifornia.org or call (866) 797-2366.

Sandy, I couldn't have said it better myself. Speaking of musical instruments, I borrowed this lovely guitar from my pal, Bob Sherman.

Scarlett

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Kaname 650 Adopts Sunny's Niece, Minnie

By Scarlett O'Negative

Congratulations to Kaname650, who came to us via Twitter and answered correctly the question as to where I was getting on the train last week. California Avenue it was.

Kaname is donating platelets today at our Campus Center and when he gets there he'll discover that Sunny's niece, Minnie D. Light, will be waiting for him to adopt her. Watch out, she's a handful, but she has a heart of gold.

It’s a Census Year and Scarlett is Counting on You

By Scarlett O'Negative

I would like to protest - the media constantly talks about humans getting counted every 10 years in this country, but what about the important red blood cells? What are we: chopped liver? Our numbers make the US human population pale in comparison.

It’s a Census Year and Scarlett is Counting on You. Red blood cells unite. Viva la erythrocytic census!

In an average human female there are 4.2 to 5.4 million red blood cells per microliter. That’s just in one body. Can you imagine how many there are like me in the entire population? In my male partners in crime there are 4.7 to 6.1 million red blood cells per microliter. Wow!

An RBC count, which is usually part of a CBC test, can tell you many useful things, including an assessment if a person has anemia, which is the number one reason people get deferred from donating blood. Can anyone guess the second?

I'm going to introduce a new word in every post which sums me up. Can anyone tell me which local eatery I was gormandizing at in this photo?

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Scarlett is Waiting on a Train

By Scarlett O'Negative

Last time we spoke I told you how I like to stay busy. You know, circulate. And then it occurred to me that Stanford Blood Center is a great place to start a local hospital tour! What a great time to get out and about and see where I’m most needed. And what better way to get around to all the hospitals we serve than by train! A red girl like me does appreciate green modes of transport.

I met this very nice train conductor who helped me get on and off of Caltrain. I think he took a shine to me!

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I visited Stanford, LPCH, El Camino (Mountain View and Los Gatos), PAMF, O’Connor, and the VA (Palo Alto and Livermore). Exhausting! I couldn’t go near these places without somebody saying, “Hey Scarlett, we need you!” Make no mistake, red cells like me are very popular.

Can anybody tell which station I was at in this picture?

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Scarlett Is An Overworked Iron Woman

By Scarlett O'Negative

I belong to an exclusive group which does important body work. We deliver oxygen to the blood 24/7 – beat that Fedex and UPS! This weekend was particularly busy because a bunch of blood donors were a little low on their hemoglobin counts, which could mean that they might not be able to donate. So my many friends and I, (there are millions of us in the group) worked all weekend to help bring up the levels. Sunny is so mad at me - we were supposed to go to see the movie, Inception.

Can you help me tell these donors that some foods help raise iron levels in the blood? Believe it or not, cream of wheat is best.

I did find time out for a nap. Anyone know where I was?

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Introducing Sunny D. Light –Thrombocytic Heartthrob

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By Scarlett O'Negative

The handsome fellow sitting beside me is my boyfriend, Sunny D. Light. You may have noticed that he has a lighter complexion than I, which he gets from being a platelet. As platelets help your blood clot, he’s a very busy and important young man indeed.

I don’t see Sunny as much as I’d like, because he’s always at the hospital. Work, work, work! But that’s what I love about him, his selflessness. If only we could find more of his kind – there just never seem to be enough platelets spinning their way through the donor room. If anyone knows where we could find more platelets like him, please let me know. I only have eyes for Sunny, but patients have needs for many! Oh, did I mention that a platelet donor must be a whole blood donor first?

My agent will give two movie tickets to the first two people who correctly guesses Sunny’s middle name. Clue: Platelet donations come in more than one form.

As Blood Donations Dip, Scarlett Takes a Dive

By Scarlett O'Negative

Hi everyone out there in the blogosphere. My family contributes so much to saving lives and keeping people healthy that I thought I should set a good example and get in shape myself.

I’ve never been very athletic but I always thought that diving would be cool. The Stanford Diving team were quite impressed with me but told me that before they could consider me for their team, I had to have some actual diving experience. As I’m not that keen on water, I thought I’d go for land diving. It turns out that this wasn’t too bright, and I was faced with a sudden sense of reality on impact. Nonetheless, two movie tix will go to the first two people who can guess where I made my inaugural dive. Just leave your answers in the comments section below and my agent will get back to the winners.

Oh hey, before you do that, let me leave you with 3 reasons why I'm good for your health:

  • I carry oxygen from the lungs to the tissues around your body.
  • I am a key player in getting waste carbon dioxide from your tissues to your lungs, where it can be breathed out.
  • I play a part in the body's immune response.
Ok, go!

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I'm a Scarlett Woman

Hey friends,

I’m Scarlett O’Negative! Watch out for me because I’m going to be blogging here about all sorts of stuff. I’m the coolest, most interesting blood drop in the Universe. Well, OK, Palo Alto, at least. Follow me and you won’t regret it, 'cause I have a very full life, albeit a short one.

A bit about me:

Work’s cool - I save lives every day – how many people can say that? Well I suppose doctors, nurses, firemen, and blood donors (hint, hint). More importantly, I’m exceptionally pretty. I know, I’m blushing as I say this. I hope you don’t see red!

I’m a freshman at Stanford. I think I got in because I was the only blood drop who applied. Let’s face it, there are billions of us in every body, but you don’t see many of us out and about.

Being a bit nerdy, I love trivia. Each week I’m going to turn up somewhere on the Stanford Campus or out on the town. I love my food (can’t you tell?), so it’ll probably be a local eatery. I’ll post a photo of my location and the first three people to guess where I am will get a prize. Keep a look out for me. If you’re lucky, you’ll get to see me in the next Twilight movie with Robert Pattinson. Check back soon and I’ll introduce you to my boyfriend, Sunny D. Light. He’s super cute and recently won the Mr. Platelet contest.

Can anyone guess where I am in this picture taken last weekend? My agents will send a pair of AMC movie tix to the first three people to get my location right. Leave your answers in the comments section below!

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