I'm actually a regular blood donor, but the past year or two, I've been encountering iron levels that are too low, and I have to walk away all sad and dejected. (They are clinically fine, just not high enough to give away any blood safely.) And it was so random! Sometimes fine, sometimes not. I tried to focus on iron-rich foods, avoid tea (the tannins interfere, I think they told me) and even switch up the time of day. And then, the last time I nearly passed out for the first time in years of donating!
Anyway, I squeaked in today with a hemoglobin reading of 12.6 (the minimum of 12.5). Hooray! This particular day was more important to me, because this blood drive at work happened to fall on the anniversary of the death of a family member in a DUI crash. She didn't die because of a lack of available blood for a needed transfusion, but still, it felt fitting and appropriate today.
When I climbed up onto the chair, the phlebotomist probably jokingly asked "Ooh, can I have your magazine?" when she spotted my December issue (yes, I'm that far behind - LOL) of Health with Skinnygirl Bethenny Frankel on the cover. I thought for a second and then said "Sure!" She looked surprised and asked "Really?"
I was almost done with it, so I said, "I am! In fact, you'd be doing me a favor. My towering piles of magazines are out of control anyway!" It's true. I subscribe to far too many right now, but I can't help myself. I am a health- and spiritual-information fiend!
So I finished looking through it while recovering with my LifeSource-provided water and gluten-, dairy-, and egg-free Snyder's pretzels (WHAT?! I had no idea!) which were very good! I enjoyed all 100 calories.
It felt so good to do a small but nice and generous thing for a stranger! I wasn't even mad at her for not being the most gentle technician I've ever encountered.
(I swear, for the ones who are, it is a coveted gift.) And hey, that's two gifts when you count the blood!
Despite a sad anniversary and rain and sleet outside, not a bad Thursday at all.
Sparkle on, Sparkies!