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I got up early this morning at the request of the Red Cross, who are in a critical blood shortage at this time of year. I haven't donated in a while because I was waiting for various and sundry health issues to be put to rest by my doctor. I guess they're not all resolved; I was deferred this morning for high blood pressure. It looks like I'll be spending the rest of the month getting it checked at Employee Health at work to see if my blood pressure really is on the rise again, or if I just got a phlebotomist with a bad sphygmomanometer or poor technique.

Yes, it's too late to go back to bed. When I left the house an hour ago, Julian was already up. It's raining here, which means no outside fun today for Energy Boy. I'm not looking forward to the rest of the day, at this point.

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allah_sulu
Jan. 1st, 2007 03:05 pm (UTC)
I just donated on Boxing Day for the first time since Shore Leave.

to see if my blood pressure really is on the rise again, or if I just got a phlebotomist with a bad sphygmomanometer or poor technique.

The last time I got my teeth cleaned, I got a novice who kept stabbing my in the gums ("Oops! I'm sorry!" x 8) and then chastised me for not flossing enough because my gums were bleeding. Oddly enough, the bleeding was occurring at the points where she stabbed me.
sethcohen
Jan. 1st, 2007 04:21 pm (UTC)
There is truth to what you say. So, I plan to have several blood pressures taken at Employee Health. If they show no elevation, I'll contact the Red Cross again. If they show elevation, I'll see my doctor and have my blood pressure medications reevaluated. In the meantime, I'll see where I can reduce salt from my diet and work on setting up the treadmill. The answers are simple, if unpleasant.
fuzzface00
Jan. 2nd, 2007 05:23 am (UTC)
I wish the (expletive deleted) Red Cross would take my blood...
sethcohen
Jan. 2nd, 2007 11:36 am (UTC)
Yeah. They did relax their rules in some areas recently - they only ask now when you go in if you're an IV drug user - they really only care now about a very small selection of drugs that have significant risk. Apparently the pool of donors was getting too small or the quantity of paperwork was getting too large. It'll happen sooner or later that they requalify you - I just couldn't tell you when.
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