On Monday night, I gave blood, like I do every 8-10 weeks. I have O- and there was a specific need for it on Monday. I've given blood for many years and for as long as I can remember, the technician inserting the needle has always had difficulty finding a good vein. Something has happened since I've lost 80 pounds. It is so much easier for them to find a vein and get me in and out fast. I am amazed at how losing weight has effected every aspect of life even to the time saved and ease met in giving blood.
I almost was turned away as I had a temperature of 100.8. Who knew chewing mint gum raises your temperature up to 4 degrees? Wish I knew that trick when I was growing up. I spit the gum out and less than 10 minutes later, temperature 97.3. All was well.
After giving blood, I have always enjoys the snacks provided by Panera. They donate bagels, Danish, muffins, etc. and are delicious. I did have a half of Danish. I figured I had to lose a pound of blood, don't you think? ;)