I think there’s a chance that my family members would be willing to ship blood multiple times, but just to be on the safe side I think it’s best assume that it won’t be possible.
I also want to send extra vials in order to bother them as little as possible too…sending blood may seem like such a little thing to many medical professionals, but it’s actually a big deal for people psychologically.
People’s blood is a part of them. If giving blood wasn’t a big deal, human beings would donate blood every week because donated blood has been indisputably proven to save people’s lives. People don’t give blood, even though it’s harmless to them, because, why? Because their blood is sacred.
So Dr. Hanson should take as much of it as he thinks he’ll need to help David while the veins are open and willing. Take it all now– 🙂
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Date: September 26, 2012 7:57:20 AM EDT
To: Dr. Hanson
Subject: Getting extra blood from my family
I would like to encourage you to take as many vials of blood as you’d like from my family–in fact take twice as many as you think you’ll need. Assume that you’re going to find something interesting, and want to run additional tests. Get extra vials.
Given the nature of my families personalities (maybe just people in general?), they are not going to be cool with sending you blood multiple times. It’s too much of a pain. I’m going to be grateful if they send you blood even once.
After coordinating everyone, you’re officially going to become keeper of David’s family’s genetic information :). I know this is kind of a pain thing to ask, but I would hate for you to get down the discovery path, only to find yourself needing more blood….’I wish I could run some tcell functioning tests on him too’.
Just assume this is a one time deal, and definitely get as many extra vials as you think you may need.