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Give Blood
I gave blood today! Yay, me -- that's possibly as many as three people I helped today. I've been meaning to for quite some time, but my schedule never works out right. Finally I just decided to do it anyway. I took a long lunch break, picked up a sandwich to go, and drove to Warren. Tomorrow is my birthday, and I thought that would be a nice birthday present from me to the world. Well, to one to three people, at any rate.

It started a bit oddly. First when she pin-pricked my finger, it spurted blood more than is normal. "That's the second time that's happened today," the nurse commented. "Maybe it's the heat -- you're gushing!" (I wasn't actually gushing of course, but it was a surprising amount of spray for a finger prick.)

They have two tests to measure your iron level; that's what the prick is for. I almost never pass the first test, but I usually pass the second one. My hemocrit was 39, and 38 is passing. Woo-hoo, my iron over-achieved!

Then my temp was 99. That's a bit odd, since "normal" for me is around 97. The heat maybe? Then my blood pressure, 90/70. I normally have low blood pressure, but that's unusually low even for me.

I commented that the numbers were all a bit weird, even though I felt perfectly healthy, and she said, "Well if you get sick in the next few days, be sure to call us and tell us not to use your blood." Which made me glad, as I was a bit concerned that she wouldn't take it, after I drove all the way there and everything. I promised I would.

Anyway, then I went in the other room and bled as quickly as possible. Two cookies and two orange juices later, and I was driving back to work. A successful lunch break indeed!

I've already taken an iron supplement. I think I'll go have a vitamin, for a little extra health.


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johnridley From: johnridley Date: June 1st, 2006 11:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Good job! Glad everything went well. It usually does but weird things can happen.

My main problem in giving blood for the last couple of years is that I'm usually riding in, unless I become eligible just before an at-work drive. I show up thirsty and slam down a half pint of water or so, and then it takes 10 minutes for my oral temp to get back up to where they'll accept it.

It also took 3 or 4 consecutive drives with me showing up in bike gear for them to stop fussing about me riding 5+ miles home afterwards. They didn't bug me about it at all last time.

Oddly, last time I gave a few weeks ago my BP was up significantly, after 4 consecutive drops at previous drives; from 108/78 to 132/74. Probably just a weird reading, but I'll find out in 4 weeks or so at the next drive whether it was a fluke.
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: June 1st, 2006 11:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
So what are you up to Friday night? (:
lillyrayne From: lillyrayne Date: June 1st, 2006 11:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
I need to give blood again soon! thanks for reminding me! Apparently I bleed quickly. Last time, my first time she put in the needle hooked to the baggie thing and then turned around, turned back around, rushed at me and exclaimed 'oh my god'. RIGHT BEFORE the heart attack I almost had she held up the bag that was half full and said 'we like your kind"I am going to go do this next week.
And happy birthday!
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shadowriderhope From: shadowriderhope Date: June 2nd, 2006 02:43 am (UTC) (Link)
Hey, my hemocrit was 39 as well - the_leewit and I went to give blood today, too! :)

I think we should have a blood-giving party in 8 weeks, and all of us can descend upon the Red Cross. The Washtenaw one is nice and new and has the coolest purple chairs you sit on while donating. :)
hannunvaakuna From: hannunvaakuna Date: June 2nd, 2006 04:07 am (UTC) (Link)
i've been advised that with my iron/anemia issues i should possibly never give blood again, or at least hold off for a few weeks. i'm hoping that the infusion helps things, but we won't know for sure for a few more weeks. i wish it were simpler!
From: jer_ Date: June 2nd, 2006 01:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hos coincidental. I just got my card yesterday from the RC saying that it is almost time for me to donate again. I've been kicking around the idea of donating plasma next time I donate. It takes about two hours from what I understand, but I guess (again, rumor here) I can do it more often and it's useful in more places than regular blood donations? I clearly need to do more research...
johnridley From: johnridley Date: June 2nd, 2006 10:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Another alternate option is to do double-red donations, if it's available in your area. They hook you to a machine that extracts platelets and puts the juice back in. You can give twice as many platelets, but you only get to donate half as much.
It's tempting because most of the time spent donating blood is in the waiting, plus I miss out on some opportunities because I have a cold or something. Double-red would let me be double-effective on days when I am healthy at a drive.
Around here they only typically do double-reds at the larger drives, and even then only every other drive, and at certain times of the day when they have full staff and time, since there's only one machine.
johnridley From: johnridley Date: June 2nd, 2006 10:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
That should read:
You can give twice as many platelets, but you only get to donate half as OFTEN. You get the same number of units a year, with half the trips to the drives.
ms_hecubus From: ms_hecubus Date: June 2nd, 2006 06:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Happy Birthday!

After a really bad experience I'm afraid to give blood again. Like panic attack afraid. Still, I feel guilty when I don't. Heh, luckily I have a tick infesting my utereus and don't have to worry about it for now.
bjorng From: bjorng Date: June 2nd, 2006 08:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hey, happy birthday! That's a cool thing to do for a birthday present! :)
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