I gave blood today.  It was the first time in years; the last two times I almost passed out and I’ve been a little nervous since.  Deanna has always been a faithful to donate on a pretty regular basis and she encouraged me to give it another try today.  Well, I made it through and felt fine all the way through… then, I got up to go and sit-out the suggested 15-minute waiting period.  I picked up a newspaper and started to read.  It wasn’t very long before I could barely sit up, let alone read the newspaper.  Deanna noticed that I looked pale (and troubled) and got the nurses to put me back in one of the chairs where they could put my legs up.   I ended up feeling faint-headed and nauseaus for the next four or five hours.  I’m finally starting to feel like myself again.  Whew!

I don’t know what my body doesn’t like about donating blood, but I’m not giving up.  I’m going to give it another try in a couple of months to see if I can get any better at this!