Mmmm, pie!??! Last night Suede and I donated blood again. Blood donation 23 for me! It was a little more time consuming this time due to our recent travels to Mexico (and the accompanying vaccination we got). In the end we got through, donated our blood, then moved on to the cookie table where the volunteers were serving pie! I had never seen this before but some of the local businesses sometimes donate food for the donaters. The volunteer told us how the Subway close by once donated sub sandwiches all night long. Very cool.
After our recuperation period, we went out for dinner to Yoshi Sushi.
Crazy busy night. Sue and I had blood donation appointments tonight right after work, then I had a photo club meeting right after that.
The donation went fine as usual for me, though I noticed some of their procedures have changed a little bit. I do really appreciate the staff at the clinic. They are all extremely friendly and inviting. It is a real treat to come in for an appointment and have some of them remember me from previous visits. Sue on the other hand couldn’t donate due to a low iron level. 🙁
The photo club was a bit of a bust for me tonight. I was pretty tired all day long today, and it all caught up to me then. I gave up trying to find pictures part way through and went home early. *sigh* I am not sure what that was all about, but I really wasn’t feeling very creative. Perhaps next time will be better.
Today was the day for my latest blood donation. Number 21 for me (I think). It is quite neat to go to the clinic and have the staff recognize me. Again, no problems for me, but one nurse did remark on my good blood pressure (120/80).
Be nice to me, I gave blood today.
Yup, you guessed it, today was my latest blood donation.
It went smooth as silk. I walked in, gave my name at the front desk, sat down at the person who checks iron level, walked to the kiosk and filled out my 13 questions. After the questions I went right in to see the nurse about the blunt and personal questions (and to check BP and temp). After that I was right on a bed.
As usual I filled the bag quickly (6 minutes). After the 5 minutes of bandage holding I was on to the cookies and juice! Yum! It takes more time to do the paperwork than it does to donate.
I think that makes 18 for me so far.
Tuesday was my latest blood donation. All went well as usual for me, but one guy was pretty slow. When I walked in I could see a guy on one of the beds donating. I signed in, went through the preliminary iron check, checked the answers to my 13 questions, went and talked to a nurse, had my pulse, blood pressure, and temperature taken, donated, then went to eat cookies and drink juice, all before the guy I saw when I walked in, finished his donation! For some reason his blood just wasn’t flowing as fast as it should have been.
I am closing in on 20 donations now. When you can only donate ever 56 days, that means I have been donating (fairly) regularly for close to 3 years now. I am pretty happy with that, and I hope I can keep going for a while. The only wrench in that plan is that in the next couple years I want to get a tattoo, and once I do that I have to wait a year before I can donate again. Maybe I will be able to support Canadian Blood Services some other way in that time period.
Tidbits from the first half of the week.
Somehow I lost my favorite MEC vest. I am so ticked off! :grr:
Yesterday was my latest blood donation. It was insanely busy there. Turned out that the Sikh Community had chosen yesterday for a large turnout. They had a tent setup outside with warm food for donors. After I donated I was offered a samosa. I turned it down in favor of cookies and juice.
Since a week before Halloween Yoshi has been afraid to go into the backyard while it is dark. We think it must have something to do with him getting scared from firecrackers. We used to have to take him out into the front yard and wait while he pees, but last night was the first night he ventures back out into the dark yard. 🙂
I had a good scare at work today. I plugged my Visor in to sync it, but as soon as I plugged it in, my computer reset itself (that happens every once in a while). Everything seemed fine at startup, but when I started Eudora, it complained that two folders were missing. These were container folders that housed mailboxes. Specifically the one housing my work and project related email was missing. I didn’t know what the other one was. After a couple frantic moments, I discovered that they had reappeared. A restart of Eudora and everything was hunky dorey. Scarey for a few moments though.
Today was my latest blood donation. As usual everything went smoothly for the donation. Getting to the donating was a different story. They have migrated to a new computer system in an attempt to speed up the process. There are a few kinks to iron out it would seem since the system froze up on the operator I was dealing with. Oh well. I can see that once it is perfected, the process will be quite quick.
Last night was a busy one for me. I left work, went home, ate some dinner with Sue, then headed over to the Canadian Blood Services to donate. This is something that I really feel good about. I can’t afford to donate a lot of money to differing charities, and I can’t afford to volunteer my time to different organizations.
However, I can spend less than an hour every couple of months to donate some blood that could be usaed someday to help save someone’s life. It makes me feel good that I can do this.
After donating Sue and I went to pick up her snazzy new glasses, then back home we went. I talked to Mike, and we finalized (almost) the plans for a Big White ski trip later this month.
Then I gave a shout to Coreman and gabbed on the horn with him for a while. We caught up on each other’s lives. It was good to talk to him, I haven’t done that in a while.
Anywho, that is all that is new in my life.