In July, my friend Art was very, very sick. One of the things keeping him alive was blood transfusions. I tried to give blood, but was turned away for being anemic.
Last month, Art died. A few days later the blood mobile was back. Having been taking daily iron supplements, I tried to give again. I was no longer anemic. But they literally could not get any blood out of my arm. And let me just say it freaking hurt!! Like curl your toes, bite your lips pain. They blamed dehydration.
There is a blood mobile scheduled to be at a neighborhood church this afternoon. I've been drinking water all morning.
Wish me luck. I want to do it at least once for Art.