I am taking a leaf out of Kelly's book and setting myself something new to do each week in 2011. I am going to post about it each week on Saturday. I won't be doing this in any particular order, and will add the link to the post when it is complete. If I don't manage to acheive everything on the list, (highly likely) I will donate $5 for everything I missed to Oxfam for all the amazing work they do. So here goes...
I received a letter in the mail last week from the Blood Bank.
The week before Christmas, I tried to donate blood. I figured as it was the season for giving, it was something I could do for someone else.
It was a really hot day and, honestly, I wasn't feeling the best. I don't think I had drunk enough water in the morning.
I waded my way through the forms full of extremely personal questions and then I sat amongst the other Donors reading my book. It took forever, but I was determined to hand over a pint of the red stuff, so I waited (and waited and waited as it turned out) for my turn to be the Good Samaritan.
The nurse that finally called my name was friendly. We chatted our way through all the important questions and had a giggle whenever we could. No need to make these things unpleasant. She then took a sample of my blood (a finger-prick test) and said 'It looks pale'. I retorted with 'What are you? A vampire?'. Then she visibly paled as she read the result from her little machine. She laughed and muttered 'That can't be right' and 87 and then stated that she needed to do it again.
So we repeated the finger prick test which looked 'better' according to the
I was escorted out of the sweltering van. My blood was no good. I was diagnosed with anaemia and they told me I would get a letter in the mail explaining everything.
Well, I got my letter and my dreams of giving blood are over for at least the next 6 months. I have low-normal iron stores but insufficient haemoglobin in my blood. I have to see my GP to seek treatment for my anaemia and be given the 'all clear' in writing before masquerading as a Good Samaritan again.
So of course I have googled 'anaemia' and the causes and of course I now
In the meantime, me and my anaemia will take ourselves off to bed a little earlier at night. I think we need more sleep.