A couple years ago, I told you about my Green Badge of Honor.
Well, today I'm wearing the Blue Badge of Honor on my arm. Morgenstern Lounge was hosting a blood drive, you see, which is fabulous. But the part that's so exciting is like so: I've tried to give blood a bunch of times, but unfortunately it seems like I have low iron pretty frequently. Today, I was dejectedly told that my iron was only at 11.8, whereas it has to be past 12.4 (or something like that) to donate. I was saddened. Then the lady said: "Can we stick you in the other hand?"
"Please!" I exclaimed happily. I had never realized it made a difference.
Guess what?! My iron count was at 14 in my other hand! (It has to do with circulation, apparently.) So I gave blood and rocked it: I'm a Damn Sexy Blood Donor today!
Also, for the first time ever, I got sick after giving blood. This has never happened to me before. I started feeling nauseous and light-headed just when I was finishing up so the lady had me lie down flat in the chair and gave me apple juice and cookies. She also put an ice pack under my head and opened up the window. And the best part is that she says, "You're not a real donor till you've had a reaction to giving blood. Now you're a real donor!"
And that was very happymaking. So huzzah for me! And hurrah for saving lives!
(If you want to be a Damn Sexy Blood Donor, too, you should donate some blood and join the Facebook group. Rock on!)