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Thursday, November 01, 2012

I gave blood today. That's a big deal for me. I've never been able to do it before.

In the past I've been turned down for:

low iron
fast pulse
constricted veins
medication use
severe illness
poor general health

There was only one time in the past that they even tried to stick my arm - and when they did they found it impossible to get an entire pint out of me. They gave up before the bag was even half full.

So, today is the first time I have ever been healthy enough to give blood and I donated the full amount with no trouble at all.

In 1996 I almost bled to death. I had a hemorrhage situation and received 4 units of blood. I am thankful to all the people who made that infusion possible. I've wanted to give blood since that time, and finally I can.
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