Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Good Citizenship

This morning I saw a homeless man lying facedown on the sidewalk with his pants half pulled down, and as far as I could tell, he wasn't breathing. So I reported it to the police, and hopefully someone made sure he was okay.

I tried to give blood at the blood drive this afternoon. I'd always had a reason not to give blood before: fear of needles, fear of pain, didn't weigh enough (oh, how I wish *that* was still a problem), and then there was that phase where I didn't feel happy about pieces of me floating about in other people's veins. But now, I have resolved, as part of my Buddhist practice in emphasizing compassion, I would do this, even though I still don't like needles and the idea of my blood being removed from my veins.

I got turned down for iron deficiency. I was so upset. I had done all the required reading they gave me, and even volunteered to take the extra survey they had and I let them take a lot of blood out of my finger. But they ran it through three tests and then said I was iron deficient and it was therefore not safe for me to donate, as I would become very incapacitated afterwards.

I was given a list of things to eat to improve my iron level and told to try again in a month. Hopefully, I'll be able to do it next time.

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