I went to give blood yesterday, after spending years and years wanting to and thinking I wouldn’t be allowed. But it’s all good and despite a phone call down to the Medical Officer, and some checking of the official weight limit, it was all good. Hooray! But now I have a funny bruise on my arm – three red/purple dots surrounded by a blue background. My bicep is also quite sore. Not sure how that happened… But that’s not going to put me off going again – I’m glad I’m finally able to do a bit of giving-back in return for the blood transfusions I had as a kiddie 🙂
It’s been interesting for me to observe the effect on my body of losing that blood. I’ve been noticeably tired and hungry since then, as my body 1) makes do with less blood and 2) spends a chunk of its energy making more. The hunger in particular is interesting to me, because I’m not used to feeling it – particularly just two hours after lunch!