#59 – Blood Donation, finally!

[Squeemish folks be warned…]

Over the past 4 months, I’ve been visiting the Oklahoma Blood Institute only to be turned away for low (in their standards) iron levels. The last time, three weeks ago, the girl doing my pre-donation screening did my blood pressure on my left arm and it read really low. According to a new rule, she couldn’t re-test it. Bah-humbug!

So this week, I had a plan. I would hop around, like a kid, before they tested my blood pressure on the right arm. Hurray, 108/62! Next, I requested a blood draw instead of a finger prick for the iron test. This can be a little more accurate with some people. I was one of those people. That was also a point over the proscribed minimum! I choose to do RBCP which pumps in some IV fluids alternately with drawing your blood in stages. It takes a little longer but it is better on your body to get some fluids back right away.

Jeff donated at the same time. He has been a real trooper when it came to overcoming his blood-fear. He’s successfully donate over 4 times now! We ate some Wendy’s (as a treat!) and then went home to recover for the afternoon. Jeff went off to visit his uncle this evening and I have some time to myself to (ahem) study and work on paid side project.


1 Response to “#59 – Blood Donation, finally!”

  1. 1 Amy September 9, 2007 at 12:31 am

    WELL DONE!!!!!!! 🙂
    I congratulate you both! It is a great thing to do. I am unable because of medications but it is great to see people doing it!!!

    Bless you both!!

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