Monday, June 24, 2013
What a day yesterday! We got up and went to church and they had a blood drive so we stayed for that. Bob was unable to give because his pulse was too low. Another man in front of us was unable to give for the same reason. One lady had been rejected the last few times because her iron was not high enough. She finally passed this day....but they lost her in the "system". I think she eventually made it through the process and donated. My heart rate was also low...54. My blood pressure was ok though so they let me donate. The questions they ask are getting more and more bizarre. The lady asked me if I consider myself a female. What??!??!?! I asked her if she thought I looked like a man. She said..."No...it is just a question we have to ask." I am still trying to figure that one out. I donated with no problem and ate some cookies and juice before we left. We then drove to West County to eat at Barnes & Noble. After I ate I got up to wander around and started feeling really dizzy so I sat down next to Bob who was still having his coffee. I told him I was pretty sure I was going to pass out. A little later I told him I needed a wheelchair. I couldn't see even though I could still hold my head up and I felt like I was going to have diarrhea and vomit and pass out all at the same time. Bob found a wheelchair and got me out of the building which seemed like it took forever and a day. I wasn't sure how much longer I could stay upright. He left me with a valet while he ran through the parking lot carrying my purse. He later told me he thought he was going to get arrested if an officer saw him running in the lot with a purse. Just the thought of that makes me laugh. I finally got in the car and made it home and slept the rest of the day and most of the evening. I just had to write all of this down so that I will remember how sick I felt. If I donate blood anymore it will be on a full stomach. I have been having low blood sugar issues for about a year now....and I know I need to eat more small frequent meals. What a Day!!!