Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Well, I went to do my platelet donation yesterday, and it went well. The donation itself, that is. In the past, it was always hard to find a vein, so I'd be poked a few times. One time, after poking both arms, with no success, I was sent home with a T-shirt and a "Thank you for trying". After that, I would sometimes get nervous before the donation, and practically have the plebotemists all crossing their fingers as they would try to find a vein, and then, (lol) it seems there would be a sigh of relief when the flow would start. And yea, I would too, sigh with relief. Well, it was a 'one poke wonder' yesterday. Praise the lord!
What I'm not crazy about is my BP. It was 134 over 93. Not bad enough to get me deferred, but enough to get my attention. Last month, I don't know what the diastolic was, but the systolic was 136. According to a print out that I got from a link here at Spark, the systolic is still 'medium high' and the diastolic ..is high.
I need to get serious. Maybe I'm over reacting...but, I don't want to be on any medication. That's one of my life goals. In caregiving I see people dependant on their meds, and I see the side affects. I want to be like my Dad. He's seventy-two, and no meds. In my business, the disabled 20-50 somethings are dependent on their meds, and their elderly parents too.
I don't want to be like that.
I want a vibrant, active life. I want to run and play with my future grandchildren.
It's okay. It'll happen. Aside from other changes that I made, I'll examine more closely what I've been having for dinner with the kids.
Anyway...to finish what happened at the donation yesterday...check it out....
My daughter, Esprit, donated for the first time! I'm so proud of her! She's been wanting to donate for a long time. It makes me feel good that she would want to. She's seen me do it for years, and it makes me feel so good that she would want to also.
That silly goose though, she drank water like I told her, for the veins, but...she didn't eat breakfast!
There I was, on the other side of the room, and I could only watch, as I was stuck there, (for an hour and a half) with the needle in my arm. The technicians were handling it, but, naturally, as mom, I was concerned.
Because she didn't eat breakfast, she had passed out!!! In the chair!
They were calling to her and wiggling her feet, and when she came to, they wouldn't let her get up till they took her BP a couple of times, and drank and ate something.
I scolded her afterward. She eats, but ..sometimes breakfast gets in the way of getting her hair and makeup done. Did I mention she's seventeen?
Anyway, hers was a 'whole blood' donation, so, she can't donate again until December. And I won't allow it next time unless I SEE her eat breakfast beforehand.
Another thing...apparantly my platelet count was 371...which is REAL good. So good, that, they asked me to stay longer next time to get more, and be able to help three people! That felt good.
Well, I was thinking. I've only recently started getting really involved out here in Spark, but...I noticed people can start teams.
I was thinking of starting a blood donors team. I know there's other 'Heros' out there. And that's what I would call it maybe...
"Blood Donors, Heros" team.
Yea, maybe not today, but definitely!
Well, I have to go. I have tests and quizzes to give.