I just got back from giving blood a few minutes ago. I plan to give as often as I can this year, for the first time. Let me tell you why.
Upon my return to blogging after the birth of my twins, I only hinted at what happened, saying that we were "moments away from 'exsanguination' being more than just a cool band name".* That's quite literally true. After the C-section, my wife kept losing blood. Copious amounts of blood. At one point she lost consciousness, and her blood pressure was so low the machine could not get a reading. The nurses had to hold her legs up to force blood into her brain. Luckily, the hospital's rapid response team arrived, and her doctor was nearby, so she was rushed to her second surgery of that day. Today, she is perfectly healthy.
She wouldn't be alive today if it were not for the six units of blood she received.
I shouldn't have to go into why blood is metal. There are 392 bands with "blood" in their name as a separate word, according to Metal Archives. It goes up to 764 if you also count "blood" in a compound word, such as Bloodbath. But why is giving blood metal?
1. They will check the iron level in your blood, to give you a scientific measure of how metal you are. My level is always quite high.
2. If you're too scared to get stuck, you have no business listening to metal in the first place.
3. If metal truly flows in your veins, as it does mine, then you are transferring a little bit of that metallic quality to some other person. If you could find that person right after they get your blood, and play them some Maiden, they would become an instant metalhead. True story.
4. Anything involving blood is metal. Period.
If you have a job, check with your boss, because they may give you time off to do it. If not, do it anyway on your own time.So, get the fuck out there and start donating. You will feel awesome about yourself. Seriously, you will feel like you could be on a Manowar cover.
Also, know that if you're going somewhere to sell your blood, instead of giving it away, then you're a sellout.
(*Exsanguination is a death/thrash band from Japan, apparently.)