She couldn’t have known
Sunday August 24th 2008, 6:03 pm
Filed under: Friends,Life

My friend Phyllis called yesterday: “Alison! Your favorite potter is at the art fair here, come see her! She’s at the corner of…”

I asked what time the thing ended. Six?  Sure, I can do that towards the end of it.  I went.

Kris saw me and was thrilled: “I was hoping you would come!”  She knew I would understand, besides the fact that she just plain wanted to see me.  She stepped into the shade for me–she’s a good friend–and we talked.

She had a dear friend who was a regular blood donor.  The friend was cooking dinner for her guests coming one day about seven months ago when the phone rang.  (I think Kris and her husband were to be the guests, but I missed part of it there and didn’t want to interrupt to go back and ask.)  It was the hospital, in desperate need of immediate O negative blood, would she come?

She dropped everything, hoping her guests wouldn’t mind the delay, and ran.

The trauma victim who’d lost half her blood was Kris.  The transfusions and superb medical care saved her life.

The hospital had Kris’s friend’s phone number only because she’d donated, and donated often.  One good choice after another led to a lifechanging good moment where it all came home.

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I have goosebumps! Thank you for sharing another great, amazing, and touching story…another human story…where the lives we touch…may be someone extremely close and important to us…or become so…it truly is a small world in which we live.

Comment by Abby 08.24.08 @ 6:31 pm

It truly is! I encountered Kaye on another list, and when she mentioned Purlescence, I mentioned you!
the internet can be very cozy sometiems :-}

Comment by Diana Troldahl 08.24.08 @ 7:30 pm


It’s wonderful when the pieces come together.

Comment by wunx~ 08.25.08 @ 12:41 am

How wonderful!

Comment by Amanda 08.25.08 @ 3:11 am

It’s a small world…go, blood donors! (I went in last Thursday.)

Comment by RobinH 08.25.08 @ 4:56 am

It really is a small world. Donating blood is so easy to do too…

Comment by Channon 08.25.08 @ 7:35 am

What a great story! Thanks for sharing it 🙂

Comment by Jocelyn 08.25.08 @ 9:42 am

It was meant to be! Great!!!

Comment by Joansie 08.25.08 @ 10:42 am

I really miss being able to give blood. Every time I hang some ( for a patient) an involuntary prayer of thanks goes up and out.

Comment by Laura in Alameda, CA 08.25.08 @ 11:48 pm

Wow! Thank you for another touching story.

Comment by Sonya 08.26.08 @ 1:18 pm

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