July 13th, 2005

darkness

How did i manage to do that?

Short recap now, long recap later. I keep saying that...

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So i got about three or four hours of sleep both sunday and monday night. I was pretty dead tuesday morning but was feeling better in the afternoon. I called up the blood drive place to confirm my apointment and asked them if sleep dep would be a problem. They said if i felt tired i should skip it but if i felt fine it was okay, so i decided to go in. Drank lots of water, had some fruit bars as a snack an hour or two beforehand, and then stopped by jamba juice and got a small drink on the way down. I figured i should be pleanty hydrated and sugared.

And then i failed the "hematocrit" test =P

I'm leaning towards the feeling that there must be something wrong with the machine. Instead of the normal drop it in blue stuff thing, they had a little centrifuge with some kind of scanner attached to the front. After letting the pipet spin for a bit she put it in the scanner thing and then started complaining bitterly about how much the machine sucked. You have to run the scanning bit manualy across the pipet or something, and she was saying it was always catching and moving the tube and generating error messages. Finally on the third our fourth try she got it to scan and it said i was 36%. You need to be 38% to donate, and apparently if you're _below_ 36% you're supposed to panic and go see a doctor or something.

However i've never had any problem with the iron test/blood count/whatever before, i'm male, i eat far too much meat for my own good, and i get at least some exercise. So i'm disinclined to be impressed with the results of a single test on a machine that is apparently well known by the users for being a tempermental thing with frequent read errors. So i'll make a little effort to eat more irony stuff, maybe, but i'm not going to worry about it too much unless i fail again when i go back. Whenever that is. The person told me i should come back in a few weeks, the informational piece of paper she handed me said i should come back in a few months =P
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I have nothing better to do with my time... no wait, i have lots of things better to do with my time, so i'm not sure why i'm doing this. Cause my sister was curious i guess :)

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That should be interesting to read. I typed it out while reading the paper and barely looking at the keyboard at all. I only went back and corrected mistakes if i could obviously feel my fingers hitting the keyboard wrong :)

Speaking of grammar, i'm pretty sure that when you list a list of things you're not supposed to put a comma between the last two things in the list. X, Y and Z. Not X, Y, and Z. They mostly included the bad comma, but in at least one case _did_ skip it :)
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