So I got my card from Red Cross today and I’m B Positive! It makes me happy to know this and that they didn’t reject my blood for some reason. Luckily I haven’t been to England from 1980 to 1986 or have any other weird stuff swimming around in there. Sweet!
The Gift of Giving Blood
As an athlete most often we can’t give blood as it drops your hematocrit level massively and negatively affects performance. This is one of the key reasons athletes go to altitude prior to a big event or, in more nefarious circumstances, blood dope, either through injecting their own blood back into them (ew!) or taking EPO and risking their blood getting too thick and causing them to stroke or die of a heart attack from blood clot. Yes, this actually happened when EPO first came out in the early 1990s!
Anyways I did neither of those things but still was unable to give blood while competing at the highest level. Then, even after racing less, I got busy with work and life and didn’t have many opportunities. Luckily a month or so ago, an opportunity came up as the gym teacher from my school was running a blood drive. I came down during my free period and let them drain me dry … well take out a pint.
It turns out I’m B Positive. 1 in 12 people are B Positive, and B Positive types can receive B Positive, B Negative, and some of the O ones. Interesting to know if I need blood myself. My hemoglobin was 15.3 which was in the recommended range, meaning my iron levels were decent.
Good to know!
Having blood inside me that helps people has made me feel great. As they stuck the needed in my arm, I recall my blood being drained with grace, tranquility, and ease, along with an unfettered enthusiasm for giving the “gift of life.” It really feels good to help people out who are in trouble.
Soups and Salads
Knowing that I can help people out is really good in that it will keep me on the sharp and narrow regarding my soup and salad lunch along with my omelet breakfasts. I went a little crazy today, with a salsa omelet, and a loaded up salad, but I will try to keep it under control.
And with that, I got tired of typing …
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