I'm not sure what to make of this letter I received from Randy Henry, RN of the American Red Cross - CT Blood Services Region.
Which I summarize as, "Hey, dudes, it's great that you're willing to come in, lay down and bleed for 90 - 120 minutes (which may or may not be saving and/or extending someone else's life), but, dude, like, since times are tough if you can't commit to bleed for the whole 120 minutes, then, like, don't bother. Unless, you know, and you know who you are, you, like, aren't capable of safely doing so."
I think I should be offended by its content, but mostly I'm just sad that this letter was allowed to be sent out to volunteer platelet blood donors in the name of the Red Cross. Ignoring the content of the message, which is itself open to question, the tone expressed by its author is simply offensive considering that it was mailed to volunteer apheresis donors.