I gave blood for the second time this year last week (I was super excited about it, because I wanted to do it before I went to America, because otherwise I’d have to wait 8 weeks to make sure I didn’t have West Nile Virus or something, not to mention H1N1, and that would mean I wouldn’t be able to donate 3 times this year) SO I am well on track to donating 3 times this year, as intended! Awesome, I know. Anyway, everything went smoothly, from the form (when they told my dad – who’d walked me there – to leave, because he was looking over the questions and it was a “confidential document”) to the interview to my iron levels (which, apparently, rock) etc etc. It was my fastest blood donation time ever – only took about 10 minutes max to pump out 500ml. This is probably because of my excellent veins, because of which I’ve been asked if I’d like to donate plasma (a process whereby they extract your blood, remove the plasma then pump your blood back into and repeat a couple of times, so it’s a longer process) – would I what! You can do it every 3 weeks, too. Score. (Ha. Not literally.)
Back to my point: everything went well until I sat down with my chocolate milkshake (double score!) and my interviewer came over and said “JaG, we need a word, come back to my office.” She sits me down and tells me she forgot to look over something on my form and it’s been eating her up ever since. “Now JaG, you ticked the box that says you were pregnant or breast-feeding in the past nine months.” I nearly cracked up. I apologized, saying I clearly wasn’t awake (nor pregnant and/or breast feeding) and I’d somehow jumped from ticking yes, I’m feeling well today and thinking no, of course I haven’t been pregnant! Yep, that’s what happens when JaG is so desperate to give blood she makes an appointment for 9.30am two days after she’s finished exams and going home. So worth it. Can’t wait to give plasma!
Also, because I KNOW you’re all wondering, I did buy that gorgeous pink jacket because it was half price (triple score!) and therefore I was obviously MEANT by some divine force to have it. I also bought a lovely little black and white dress, also half price, to balance out the supreme pinkness of my wardrobe. Well, it’s a start in that direction.
And finally, since I’m flying out SATURDAYYYYY please feel free to recommend me things to do, places to eat/see/shop etc in
Some of the things we have planned:
- Tour of Harvard or MIT
- Seeing Avenue Q on Broadway
- A women's basketball game in DC
- Minor League baseball in NY
- Statue of Liberty
- Empire State Building
- Ellis Island
- Monuments by moonlight in DC
- Arlington Cemetery
- the Smithsonian