When I woke up this morning I visualized a successful donation and kept a positive attitude. I passed Iron and Blood Pressure with flying colors...no doubt due to the 2 pills I take every morning. (Yes, I have hypertension. Anyone who has ever watched me watch football wouldn't be surprised at that fact.)
Then the nurse tells me we will be doing one needle apheresis, it's a new machine, the anti-coagulant and blood are transferred through the same arm at alternating intervals. I was overjoyed at this. She knew of my past and said the odds were good that I'd be successful. And I was. My platelet donation today has the potential of saving lives. And for that I am grateful.
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Me. Circa April 2006. Yes, that's a real needle being inserted as the picture was snapped.