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In the Present!

Friday, June 15, 2012

I will not regret the past.

I will not fear the future.

I will focus on the present.

And my present, at present, still has lots and lots of work in it!

But that's OK: it's interesting, it's worth doing, and I can work on one file at a time (most of the time).

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_LINDA 6/19/2012 10:30AM

    Sorry you are so swamped :( Hope you see the light at the end of the tunnel soon!
The only thing that counts for me is what I do today. Nothing else really matters, does it?

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JOHAL52 6/18/2012 11:00AM

    I am TOTALLY with you!!!!

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DONNACFIT 6/17/2012 7:31PM

    Glad you're still checkingi in once in awhile..always love your blogs..always something to ponder...

Very much enjoying my present at the present..life is good :) Vegas was fabulous :)

Take care..Donna

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TKADEEPBREATH 6/17/2012 4:04PM

    I've heard it said and agree that you can't let the past, failures or success be your life. Life is moving on moment by moment.

Greatness is in the moments of today . . . and you are right, there is always more work to do than we can put into it, especially when you are trying to feel better. Thanks for your good wishes and I send plenty your way as well . . . .

Here's to today's adventure . . . as always, Jan

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FREELADY 6/17/2012 2:05PM

    Excellent, wonderful. I need to chew on this!

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ID_VANDAL 6/16/2012 5:54PM

    Good reminder. My wife is always reminding me that I need to be in the present and life is much more interesting in the here and now!!



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SLENDERELLA61 6/16/2012 3:46PM

    Thanks for the reminder. I've been stressing the last 2 days and would be much better off living in the present. -Marsha

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PHEBESS 6/16/2012 10:07AM

    Turns out his real name (or birth name) was Richard Alpert. I knew he was a nice Jewish boy from NYC, LOL!

And yes, we were a singular generation! We were watching the Woodstock movie again last night - I do envy Joan Baez her voice, and those incredible cheekbones!

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TRAVELGRRL 6/16/2012 9:32AM

    yesterday is history.
Tomorrow is a mystery.

Today is a gift.
That is why they call it the present.

-Eleanor Roosevelt

Good to see you checking in, WM!

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NANCY- 6/16/2012 8:32AM

    All we truly have is the present. I admire your taking the time to focus.

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JAMER123 6/16/2012 12:32AM

    emoticon emoticon I totally agree. Thanks for the reminder

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NOLAZYBUTT110 6/15/2012 11:46PM

    Best place to be is in the Present ! Better yet... is having an adventure! Everyday! Keep smiling and looking forward! you can do it! susana

Comment edited on: 6/15/2012 11:47:24 PM

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PHEBESS 6/15/2012 10:52PM

    Be here now (Remember Baba Ram Das? Whose real name was something like Hymie Finkelstein........)

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Alive, Well and Chugging Along

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Life continues to be busy, I continue to track nutrition and fitness . . . and chug along ticking off tasks!

Oriental poppies are glorious, both scarlet and soft watermellen pink: mock orange in blom, smelling divine.

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_LINDA 6/19/2012 10:32AM

    Good for you staying on track in spite of being so busy!!
Those poppies sound divine!! Great color choices that compliment each other -I can just picture it!

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CARRAND 6/13/2012 6:49PM


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KALIGIRL 6/13/2012 8:26AM

    sounds divine!

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NANCY- 6/13/2012 8:21AM

    Thanks for checking in. WTG on keeping yourself as a priority.

I've been missing your thought provoking blogs. Keep on tracking and await your return when things are not so busy for you.

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JUDI_CUTIE 6/13/2012 12:24AM

    I'm glad to see you are doing well!

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IMAGINE_IT 6/12/2012 6:36PM

    Aaaah....You know the 'poppy' is one of my favorite flower...takes me wayyyyyyyy back to my childhood... emoticon Enjoy and take your time "to smell the poppies" emoticon

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TRAVELGRRL 6/12/2012 4:26PM

    Glad things are going well! Keep on chuggin'.

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SLENDERELLA61 6/12/2012 1:14PM

    Ellen, Good to hear from you. I knew you were still doing well; I had no doubt. You know, there may come a time you just don't need to Spark as much, and that will be okay. Your SparkFriends will be around for quite a while, and should you be gone too long for most of them, you'll make new ones! Now, I'll never forget all your kindnesses and wisdom. You've been one of the most consistent positive forces in my life ever! Take care, Marsha

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ID_VANDAL 6/12/2012 1:00PM

    Hey glad you're back. You are missed even if you're gone for just a few days!

Keep that focus you have on nutrition!



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PHEBESS 6/12/2012 9:31AM

    Don't you just love spring almost summer????

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CRYSTALJEM 6/12/2012 8:46AM

    I love poppies. Busy too, just stopping by while I finish updating my stuff from yesterday. Enjoy those glorious blooms.

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Please excuse inattentiveness . . . .

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

, , , which will I hope be temporary.

I've hit one of those crzzzybzzy patches. I'd like to respond to all comments on recent blogs but: just can't.

However: I will be tracking every day everything I eat.

Yes I will!

Gotta be my priority for now, sorry that I will be missing your blogs . . .

"Back" soon, I hope!!

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CRYSTALJEM 6/8/2012 11:57AM

    I get it, I'm in the same boat!

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IMAGINE_IT 6/8/2012 11:40AM

    Oh Ellen no need to apologize...if anyone understands it is me!! I have been absent lately because..well...Life happens!! And there are so many other priorities that call my name! But i always feel so guilty...because i have so many Spark friends that care...and that were there for me during the time when i went through BC....and i will never just 'forget about them'! So i try to stop in whenever time allows it.....and i think friends understand.... emoticon
So take your time...but please know that i will miss you and check your page to see when you will return!! emoticon emoticon

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DONNACFIT 6/8/2012 9:58AM

    Take care....will miss you and your encouragement but life does get crazy busy sometimes.....

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ID_VANDAL 6/7/2012 7:49PM

    Hurry back - I'll miss your wit and wisdom!!

You are doing the right thing so don't stress about any of this - we'll just all suffer in silence!!



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TBANMAN 6/6/2012 10:48PM

    Way to prioritize and take care of yourself. See you soon.

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ONEKIDSMOM 6/6/2012 6:48PM

    You do what you gotta do, woman! We all "get it"... just make taking care of you a priority, and the rest of us will be here when you're back! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 6/6/2012 6:37PM

    Very smart to set your priorities, and tracking your food is definitely one of them. Best wishes for satisfying endings to all your undertakings. Here's hoping everything settles down soon. Until then, please do what you need to do. Your SparkFriends will be here.

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TRAVELGRRL 6/6/2012 2:57PM

    Hey W-M,

Glad the absence isn't for anything more serious than "busy"; we'll keep the light on for you!

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_LINDA 6/6/2012 2:11PM

    No problem! Happy to hear you will not be too busy to track, because that is what will keep you honest and not make any unwanted 'gains' during this busy, busy phase..
Hope its not too stressful.. Plenty of water and plenty of sleep will help keep you at your peak!

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PHEBESS 6/6/2012 9:39AM

    Not to worry, you need to take care of life - and Sparking can come second (or twelfth, or whatever)

Wishing you well in your busy times!

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MEADSBAY 6/6/2012 9:05AM

    Take care of yourself!


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MEADSBAY 6/6/2012 9:05AM

    Take care of yourself!


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NANCY- 6/6/2012 8:42AM

    Of course your sage comments will be missed. You need to do what is best for you and your health, that's what SparkPeople is all about. Placing your focus on yourself is an excellent choice.

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KALIGIRL 6/6/2012 8:24AM

    Heavens - remember who's most important - you are!

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Rhubarb Crisp

Sunday, June 03, 2012

What delicious stuff this is! Especially warmed with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!

I used to have a rhubarb patch in my garden, but it seems to have disappeared over the years. I used to see bags of frozen chopped rhubarb with the other frozen fruits . . . but not any more. And fresh rhubarb (which used to be something neighbours would press upon you, begging you to take it away . . . somewhat like zucchini in August) is now a ridiculous price in the supermarket.

No matter.

Rhubarb is one of the first local spring crops . . . we've got local asparagus now, and fiddle heads, and early strawberries too: so much better than the imports from California or Florida. But there is something about rhubarb: the puckery tanginess of it, the old-fashionedness of it.

I made my rhubarb crisp with a little sugar, and a topping of whole wheat flour/butter/brown sugar/oats. And a bit of cinnamon.

If I see it at the store again, I may make just a batch of rhubarb compote, simmered with a little ginger . . . .


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CRYSTALJEM 6/8/2012 4:14PM

    I have a huge patch, wish I could just run some over for you. I love rhubarb crisp too. Must make some again. Or maybe a lunar rhubarb cake. Mouth is watering. I have never put ginger in my compote, but will definitely try in the next batch. I Dded too many strawberries to my last one and it got too sweet. Oh well, must be looking up if I'm saying it's too sweet. Enjoy your break.

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LUCINDARW 6/8/2012 11:17AM

    I haven't had any rhubarb for a long time. Can't find it anywhere in the stores if you do it is at a high price. I love rhubarb anything and was given a recipe for rhubarb rolls absolutely fantastic! they are a sticky bun that you can't get enough of. Well now I want some have to do some scouting around. Thanks for the reminder. Lucinda

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DONNACFIT 6/8/2012 9:55AM

    If only I lived closer you could come raid my patch for free...I have so much rhubarb one friend even calls me her rhubarb lady.....which reminds me..we need some rhubarb crisp before our trip..and I should freeze some before we go..now where's my list...we're off on Sunday till Thursday...Vegas here we come...

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SHAMROCKY2K 6/7/2012 1:34PM

    My mom always made rhubarb cobbler. Never thought of making it as a crisp. Yum. THE best pie ever (if made well) is strawberry rhubarb.

jealous in Maryland.. lol

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    I've never used Rhubarb before and it always sounds intriguing to me

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NOLAZYBUTT110 6/7/2012 12:44AM

    wish you lived closer, I have tons of rhubarb in my garden. I also wish I knew how to use it, for I love rhubarb, gooseberry strawberry together as jelly! we just chew the stalks because we dont know how to fix it. How do you prepare the rhubarb before you use it in a recipe? I want to make rhubarb crisp, because I have had that in the past but I dont know how to make it. do you cook the rhubarb first or what? wish I knew. I want to fix some but I cant even find a recipe where it tells \you how to prepare it. Do you juice it or cut it into pieces or boil it. I cant recall all my mother did but take the skins off is all! She ahd us kids help with that! But cant recall anything else you do! susana

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FIFIFRIZZLE 6/6/2012 4:34AM

    Ohhh rhubarb, one of my favorites! Rhubarb and custard is just divine. I mix in stevia after I have cooked the rhubarb,because there is no way I could eat it without a little sweetner. Hmmm MMMM! emoticon

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KALIGIRL 6/5/2012 8:43AM

    Sounds divine!

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SLENDERELLA61 6/5/2012 7:01AM

    Oh, you bring back memories. My mom grew rhubarb and we had a family friend who grew even more rhubarb. As a kid it was a sugary treat. When I first started Weight Watchers, around 1968, rhubarb was unlimited. I boiled it up with saccharine pills and ate a ton of it. Haven't had it in a long time. Will look for it at the farmer's market now that you mention it. Glad you enjoyed. -Marsha

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SUNNY1432 6/4/2012 9:11PM

    I LOVE Rhubarb and especially Rhubarb Crisp. ENJOY!! emoticon

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ID_VANDAL 6/4/2012 7:34PM

    I could never quite get to like rhubarb but nevertheless I enjoyed the blog. I also have to say I read the one from a couple of days ago about will power flagging at the end of the day!

That was a great one. I saved that article and will re-read it from time to time.



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NANCY- 6/4/2012 12:33PM

    Ah memories....my grandmother used to have a patch. I wasn't fond of rhubarb, but my tastes have changed perhaps I'll give it a try if the opportunity arises.

Comment edited on: 6/4/2012 12:52:30 PM

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ONEKIDSMOM 6/4/2012 6:52AM

    Ooh, memories! When I was first married we had rhubarb aplenty in our back yard. I used to make this wonderful recipe of rhubarb-custard pie... tasted like cherry pie, as you said, tart/sweet with the custard for contrast... yum!

No more... the rhubarb is gone and I wouldn't dream of inflicting the amount of sugar in that recipe on my body these days! Sometimes the memory is enough. emoticon

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_LINDA 6/4/2012 1:12AM

    Wow! Sounds positively yummy (and a lot like my Mom makes it!) We were fortunate that our neighbour, who likes gifting us with fresh produce gave us some rhubarb for the first time ever. We have to wonder what more delights we will be getting :)

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NEW_PARADIGM 6/3/2012 10:42PM

    Yum! As a kid I used to sit in the garden, a small bowl with sugar, and break off the stems, dip the ends and eat. Fun memories & something to look for at our newly opening farmers' markets...

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LISALGB 6/3/2012 9:15PM

    My Daddy always grew rhubarb and Momma would freeze it to have some in the winter. She would cook it with a little sugar and serve it over hot buttered biscuits. They love it but my brother and I could never find a way to like it.
I love a good apple or blueberry crisp though.
However, since you like it, I hope you enjoy it and will be able to find it at a good price.

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PHEBESS 6/3/2012 8:59PM

    I never learned to like rhubarb.......

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MEADSBAY 6/3/2012 8:50PM

    You're so right- rhubarb is disappearing from our neighborhood gardens!
Love rhubarb (or almost anything) crisp, warm with a tiny scoop of ic.

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PJBONARRIGO 6/3/2012 8:45PM

    Sounds great- you should post your recipe :-)

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KATIEGARCIA 6/3/2012 8:45PM

    I LOVE rhubarb!! Yummy yummy!!

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Giving Blood: Was it Good for You??

Friday, June 01, 2012


Maybe so.

New research indicated that blood donors benefit. Particularly if they are obese or have diabetes or metabolic syndrome.

Giving blood reduces blood pressure, glucose and fats in the blood . . . and the effects are persistent.

I used to give blood regularly . . . DH also, a trip to the blood donor clinic regularly constituting a lunch time date . . . but haven't for a while. I was often turned down because of borderline anemia. And then blood donors are rejected for awhile after surgery/radiation therapy.

But the old medieval concept of "blood letting" seems to have some scientific validity!

And yes, of course -- great for those who need a blood donation (I've been there several times).

Win win for sure. I'm thinking it's time to give blood again!

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JOYFUL711 6/7/2012 5:02PM

    I cannot give blood...wish I could that would be a win-win if I could get rid of some of the fat in my blood, that would be great.

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SLENDERELLA61 6/5/2012 7:04AM

    Very interesting. I used to give fairly often, but then I fainted twice, so I quit. Maybe after my marathon in November I'll think about trying again. It is a very good thing to do. My stepmom gave gallons in her lifetime. It was something she felt really good about. -Marsha

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MRE1956 6/3/2012 11:48AM

    I gotta donate soon - haven't done so in a while and, sadly, the next opportunity at a location I prefer is not feasible due to prior commitments that I can't bail out from......oh, well.....

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NOLAZYBUTT110 6/3/2012 10:58AM

    Interesting, but I think before you one gives blood you should ask your Dr. I for one am not sure if I can give blood, but I know I had thin blood is, and I generally take cayenne pepper and tumeric plus drink grapefruit juice just to keep mine thin. I am not a red or pink meat eater but do have a tendancy to have a high evel of certain antibodies in my blood and its THICK. I was rejected when I was young for giving blood, because I had low blood preesure and I was anemic then. I wonder if I am still. But I have been told I have THICK blood. What does that mean? My daughter has this blood issue where her count is very high (higher than normal, but it happened after she was on aspirin regimen for 6 months and went off and had a stroke. ) Now she takes blood thinners. But she wonders if she "caught" this blood issue from one of us. I am borderline diabetic but was hyperglycemic in my youth. I have never been able to give blood. So many issues for one thing. I would be afraid to give blood. (I hate rejection, but wish I could lose weight that easily by just giving blood! ) Have to look into that. Asking my Dr. Thanks for the article! susana

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_LINDA 6/2/2012 4:54PM

    One of my Spark friends had problems with high iron in her blood and had to be drained once in a while so to speak. She died under mysterious circumstances -they couldn't figure out why she was ailing, there seemed to be no reason for it :(
In spite of all my surgeries, I never once needed a transfusion, not even during the complicated 5 hour one.. I did have anemia once, a side effect attributed to the combination of my disease and stress. So now I try to be careful about not having too much stress in my life.
I never thought I would be a good candidate for a blood donor, if for no other reason then all the drugs floating around in my system, and also because I tend to have low blood pressure, though being a universal donor, O which would be welcomed.
As their campaign says, "its in you to give."

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PHEBESS 6/2/2012 2:28PM

    I have to laugh - my parents always did, so as a young adult I tried donating blood - while sitting there, apparently I turned white and people rushed over to slow the blood, give me cold compresses, elevate my feet - and all the while, I felt just FINE! Apparently I have low enough blood pressure that giving blood makes it super low. (They asked me not to return.)

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TBANMAN 6/2/2012 1:56PM

    What a coincidence - CBS just called me yesterday. Apparently my type - A neg - is needed right now. I was also a long-time donor but was also rejected at least half the time after my daughter was born for low iron. But I booked some appointments - I'm glad to hear it's good for me.

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KALIGIRL 6/2/2012 8:05AM

    Used to give before treatments and hope to give again after - took an iron supplement before - so will be interested what the count is in two weeks...
Giving is not only good for the body, but the soul....

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LISALGB 6/1/2012 7:55PM

    I used to give blood when I lived in Virginia - but haven't since moving to Tennessee 16 years ago. I don't have a good reason for not giving. You have convinced me that I should do so again.
Thanks for the great information!!

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MEADSBAY 6/1/2012 3:50PM

    I've been giving for 35 years and never realized all these side benefits.
The last five yrs or so they talked me into being a plasma donor-which takes a lot longer. I bet it doesn't provide nearly as many benefits as the blood is returned after harvesting the platelets. I don't even get the guilt free cookies and juice any more!
tnx for sharing the importance of blood donations, my friend.

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TRAVELGRRL 6/1/2012 2:30PM

    Wow, it's great to find out that in doing something good for others there are side bennies for you too!

I'm a universal donor so am on the Red Cross's frequent call list. If I drink a lot of water the day before and day I donate, it's fast and easy!


Thanks for the great info!

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ONEWEIGH 6/1/2012 12:14PM

    I was surprised the last time I donated blood (1st time in 30 years)that I was really wiped out for a few days afterwards. I clearly don't have as much to spare as I did when I weighed 20 lbs more!

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NANCY- 6/1/2012 9:44AM

    Wow you have found a quick fix for dropping in systolic blood pressure; heart rate and reducing blood glucose levels; and improving cholesterol levels.

I like that it was stated he prefer that people would adopt a vegetarian lifestyle.

Happy Herbivores give blood. I should check out to see if I can give blood again.
Thanks for sharing this.

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SWAZY33 6/1/2012 9:29AM

    I can barely fill up a tube for a blood test...my veins are so small they just collapse so no blood donations for me :(
but....Thanks for the interesting info :)

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