– The school I work for had a blood drive last Thursday. If 35 units of blood were donated that day, we could grant a $500 scholarship to a student! Well, we reached the goal! In fact, there was a total of 36 units of blood that day! I was planning on donating at the end of my shift, but my friend reminded me that I could give during work hours.
The last time I gave blood was about 10 years ago, and I got really woozy. This time and about a half hour after I returned from lunch, I went back and started to fill out the forms and get the whole thing started. Aside from my blood pressure being a little high, I was all set. Guess what? I didn’t get weak this time! I warned them that I might, so they kept an eye on me. Once they had enough O-negative, I felt strong enough to head to the snack station and drink some juice and eat some crackers and cookies. Thinking that it all might sneak up on me once I returned to my desk, I made sure I had plenty of water and club soda stocked up. I was fine. If I donate in October, I get a giftcard! That’s not the reason I do it, but a giftcard is always a plus.
– I was jealous of one of my coworkers who donated right across from me. He was set up after me but left before I did! Surprised, I said, “Are you done? That was fast!” He grinned, shrugged and said, “I’ve got stuff to do.” My blood wasn’t that fast. In fact, it stopped when I was over halfway done, but then started back up again. Tricky.
– On Sunday morning, I woke up with a resolve. There was a huge, bulky piece of exercise equipment taking up space in my closet, and I wanted it out and gone. I use it, but it’s always a chore to dig it out of the closet, and lately I found some better exercises that would work the same muscles. I rounded up everything that came with the machine, put everything in a sandwich bag and taped it to the thing. Then I loaded it in the car and gave it to someone at the nearby thrift store. I hoped they would take it. I thought of going to Walmart to buy some weights and a yoga mat, but decided I didn’t need to spend money on that stuff. I can adapt, and I did.