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Monday, June 17, 2013

A Random Act of Kindness...for Me!

Blood Signal - Appel aux donneurs

Good Monday morning!  I hope all you father's had a nice Father's Day.

I apologize for the lack of post Friday.  It was a busy day and I somehow forgot that morning.  Later on when I realized I'd forgotten, I was side-tracked by a call from the daycare: Little A puked everywhere.  Ugh!  Needless to say, Adam and I had to quickly rearrange all our weekend plans.  The good news is - and I'm not kidding - it's like she puked out all of the whininess and grumpiness that has been practically a constant with her for the past few months.  Literally, from the time I picked her up from daycare on Friday, until the end of the weekend (aside from a few whiny episodes yesterday), she was the happy, sweet, funny, delightful child that I feel like she hasn't been in a very long time.

Anyways, I'll spare you the details of Little A's barfing episode and instead talk about blood.  Ha!

I've written many times about becoming a regular blood donor.  I think it is such an easy and important way to give back and help others in need.  Unfortunately, I may have to give it up.  I've been refused the past 3 tries, first because of my hemoglobin, when it was determined that I was anemic.  Now that I'm on iron pills that's been fixed, however, my low blood pressure has been the issue the last 2 times.  This is very frustrating since I have always had low blood pressure, plus it's pretty common to have low blood pressure when you are really fit.  I have had my blood pressure taken during medical exams several times over the past year, and no one has ever expressed concern.  Yesterday, however, the nurse at the blood donor clinic almost fainted when she took my blood pressure.  "Oh my, this is REALLY low!" she exclaimed.  "Are you feeling okay?  You're not dizzy? Tired?" I reassured her a million times that I felt just fine thank you.  But since the cut off is 90/55 and I was 77/45, she could not permit me to donate.  Sigh!  I know rules are rules, but it's annoying that I am trying to do something good for others and cannot.  At least I am on the bone marrow donor registry.  I am hoping that at some point I am a match for someone.

So, folks, I ask that if you can, please donate some blood for me!  It's easy, it's free AND they provide you with complimentary drinks and snacks afterwards (no healthy ones unfortunately...).

If you live in Canada, you can find your nearest blood donor clinic here