I LOVE donating blood. I've been doing it for years and try to do it whenever I can. I'm nearly to the two gallon mark--maybe I've passed it already? I need to remember to check so I can get my license plate holder saying, "I'm a 2 gallon donor." Call me a weirdo, but I like having that on my car.
Needless to say, I've never had an issue when donating. Actually, I take that back. When I was in college, I had an incomplete donation. Turns out, if it's hot and you are a little low on water before going in, your blood can be too thick and stop flowing...right in the middle of a donation. Yeah, that happened once, but I've never been turned away...until today.
I sat down behind the private curtains with the lady and she checked all my vitals. Blood pressure, heart rate, temperature, all normal, and then she pricked my finger. Normally, the tech has to squeeze hard to get a big enough drop to fill up the glass vile. Not this time. I noticed she was sucking it up as the blood drop slid down my finger. That caught my attention, but I didn't think it was a big deal.
"Do you usually have a problem with this?" she asked, as the little ball of blood didn't sink in the blue liquid.
"Not usually, but it usually hovers for a sec until in falls to the bottom. Why?"
She walked over to a machine that was out of my sight, I heard it whirl behind me as I waited. Soon, it beeped and the tech came back and told me I couldn't donate today but that I could come back in three weeks and try again.
This has never happened to me before and I'm a little frustrated with my body right now as it's freaking out on me. I have noticed that I've been extra tired lately, I just thought it was the heat and my hubby's snoring. Guess it was something more. I've also been a bit more stiff and sore than usual too, I need to research Fibromyalgia more thoroughly. I'm SO grateful I have the habit of working out every day or who know how I'd be feeling like right now.
Now more than ever, I really need to be stepping it up. I need to be more balanced in my eating and adding more to my exercise regimen. It's a reminder to never get complacent. Health is ongoing and how we take care of our body needs to adjust as our needs do. It's my journey and I now have an unexpected detour. No worries though, it's all a lesson on adjusting to the unexpected.