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I gave blood! And an impromptu gift

Thursday, February 07, 2013

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?" emoticon 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. emoticon (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. emoticon

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    Oh you poor dear! The reaction you had after donating sounds quite unpleasant. I'm glad you were able to donate blood though and very sorry to hear about your family member who passed away.

    I too love being generous to strangers. I once had some free tickets for something...or a pass for a movie...yeah, that's what it was...and I gave it to the guy in line behind me. He was overjoyed!
    It was emoticon emoticon
    1929 days ago
    I always remember the anniversary of the days of my loved one's deaths as well. You did a great thing by donating blood in her memory.

    I love magazines too and have too many issues piling up as well. Need to get to them.

    Your follow up was pretty scary. You will have to be very careful in the future and be sure you are hydrated before you give blood.
    1929 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/7/2013 7:39:31 PM
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    Yay to being at good enough levels to donate today :-)! So true about not many of them being any good with the needles... Especially for IVs! When the end up exploding your veins. Sigh I had them damage 7 veins in my arms when I was in to give birth to Santiago.
    Hope you are feeling better now. Just read your update on here. That is strange. Rest up! Hope you are 100% by morning ;-)
    1929 days ago
    So, I swear I was not patting myself on the back for donating blood today. I was just excited that I did and wanted to share. So why am I being punished? emoticon

    About two hours after my donation, just after I got done eating lunch (I had a hearty oatmeal breakfast before I donated) I started to get lightheaded and sweaty/clammy/hot flashy and feeling like i was going to vomit -- sure signs of post-blood-donation dehydration! The exact same feeling I had last time. emoticon

    Luckily I had just filled my water bottle, so it was really cold. I grabbed that and put it at the back of my neck, and after a few minutes I felt stable enough to walk back across the floor at work to make an ice pack. Sheesh! I'm better now, although still not quite right. No fair, when the heart and soul are willing but the body doesn't want to cooperate -- especially for no apparent reason! It's so unusual, from what I can tell, to react that much later. I went back down to the blood drive, and the woman who took my blood was concerned and equally surprised. But she said I did everything right!

    At least I have a big salad planned for dinner - not too labor intensive, so I can take it kinda easy.
    1929 days ago
    That’s great you were able to donate blood and even more special that you could do it on the anniversary of the passing of someone special in your life. I am not able to give blood anymore due to the diseases that I have. It really is a special gift, truly.
    1929 days ago
    Good for you for donating and making someone's day with a gift!!

    You rock Mrs.!

    1929 days ago
    lol , good for you! 12.5? emoticon I usually have 10 , only when I ate tons of meat daily it was 12
    1929 days ago
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