June 21st, 2004


Give Blood!

I gave blood today! That's 3 lives I was able to save today. "All in a day's work," after all. My office building had a blood drive, and I eagerly participated. I love giving blood. It's not often that I can literally give a part of myself to help others to live.

I did okay, but my body reacted a little differently than it normally does. Not surprising, I suppose, given that this is the first time I've done it since my surgery. Today I actually ate and drank more than I normally do before giving blood, plus last week I was extra-diligent about taking my vitamins and even an iron supplement. I wanted to make sure it went well.

Still, when I climbed from the table onto the little step, I found myself pitching forward. I didn't feel like I was going to pass out or anything, but my center of balance just felt very off. The nurse caught my hand, and then I regained my balance and felt okay. I walked over to the cookie table on my own, but when I sat down I felt a little light-headed, and suddenly hot and sweaty. I just wanted some juice and some sitting-time, but as soon as I admitted I was light-headed they dragged me into the back room and made me lie down. They put wet cloths on my chest and forehead, and made me breathe in a paper bag! I felt very silly with the bag-breathing, but I did what I was told...they were just following procedure after all.

I felt better after doing that for a bit, then they finally let me have some juice, then I got to leave the back room and have a cookie. Chocolate chip....mmmm. (Imagine, saving lives and getting cookies for your trouble.)

Anyway I feel fine now. I've been sitting quietly at my desk, working and drinking water. I'll probably feel a bit off for a couple of days, but that's okay. It's still way better than anybody bleeding to death in a hospital would feel, after all.

Nice feeling for the day:
(In addition to saving lives, I mean.) A nurse came up and asked me if I weighed over 110 pounds. Um, yes, quite a bit over, don't worry! Still nice to be asked though.

Laugh for the day:
Q.How many ADD people does it take to screw in a lightbulb?
A. Wanna go ride bicycles?