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Blood and bananas

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

I figured out why they make you wait so long between blood donations. It's nothing to do with letting your body recover, that's just the cover story.

It's to give you chance to forget. When that letter drops onto your doormat you just think "Yeah I'm gonna give blood and save someone's life!".

You don't remember having to parrot your address and birth date 10 times to 8 different nurses.
You don't remember the tension in your shoulders and arms and back as soon as you catch a whiff of alcohol gel.
You don't remember the split second before the needle touches your skin when your brain and muscles are screaming at you to RUN!!
And you don't remember being sore and really quite cold for the rest of the day.

If they didn't make you wait so long there'd be no such thing as second time donors.

On a completely unrelated note - I found something to kill my worryingly frequent ice cream cravings. You just slice a banana, stick a wee bit of peanut butter between two slices and freeze them.

I like them best when they've been out of the freezer for one or two minutes and are just starting to go a wee bit squishy. Mm. I may never eat an unfrozen banana again!
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    the addition of that touch of peanut butter (fat and salt) to the banana really upgrades it doesn't it! I put slightly-defrosted bananas in the food processor with some peanut butter, vanilla and whatever else I have to hand - it makes great 'ice cream'
    1621 days ago
    frozen banana idea sounds delicious! I will have to try that
    1625 days ago
    I haven't donated much here in Glasgow, despite the enticement of juice and a chocolate biscuit afterwards. I really must start again though as it feels more equal than other donations - a rich person can donate much more money than me, but a pint of my blood is (more or less) as good as the next guy's. Many moons ago I was an exchange student in Kansas getting $10 a time for donating plasma which I did twice a week (that's possible since only the white cells are taken, while whole blood needs a much longer gap). I ended up donating 50 times in all which came in very handy since I didn't have a work visa. I hope you stick with your habit of donating blood, despite the inconvenience of it all, and feel proud of yourself for doing so. best wishes. Colin
    1629 days ago
    Ice cream is a tough one to overcome! I don't know what I will do when summer comes again. Once last year I wanted real ice cream so badly I had a bowl of it as a meal. I will have to tell my husband about that banana treat. He freezes banana slices anyway for his morning smoothie. He could try freezing a few separately with peanut butter between them.
    1629 days ago
  • ROCKMAN6797
    Interesting concept about blood donations.... emoticon
    I agree, frozen bananas are so good!
    1629 days ago
    i have even frozen whole bananas let them unthaw for a few minutes and then stir and they have the same consistancy of ice cream. lower in fat and all natural. they are tasty.

    i like your idea why they want people to wait in between blood donations. there are times i would definatly refuse to do it of they let us do it on a weekly basis.
    1629 days ago
  • ARW715
    I just discovered this thing called yonana. I think I am going to ask for it for my birthday.
    1629 days ago
    I think the most annoying part about giving blood is repeating my name and birthdate and social security number over and over again. The rest doesn't bother me. And good for you for finding a healthier alternative to ice cream! Bananas contain lots of good for you vitamins, minerals, fiber, proteins, etc. and peanut butter contains healthy fats, proteins, and is plain delicious! Ice cream's bad-for-you stuff negates any good-for-you stuff it has.
    1630 days ago
    I think you might be onto something with this theory! But it's still a great thing to do, right? :) Good for you!
    1630 days ago
  • NEEDBU66
    half a cup of carb smart chocolate ice cream is 120 cals
    a banana is 90 and peanut butter is 95 a tbsp.

    Why wouldn't you satisfy a ice cream craving with ice cream?

    I am so glad there are people like you who give blood regularly. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. They really need you when emergencies come up.

    They won't take mine- too anemic I guess.

    1630 days ago
    emoticon I have had to have a couple of transfusions so again emoticon
    1630 days ago
    Don't ever donate platelets then because they will call and harass you every week to come in. I never get the chance to forget all the uncomfortable sensations I am reminded just about every week of it.
    1630 days ago
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