Well, folks, I did NOT donate blood this morning.
I woke up, had some food, drank a whole thing of water and was feeling pretty good. I got called to the booth and managed to stay upright for the finger stick test and vital signs. I thought this was a good sign! They put me in the chair, rubbed iodine on me and that was it. The cold sweats, light-headedness came on and I managed to mumble, "I don't feel so good". They got me back before I actually passed out but had to lay there for a good 45 minutes with a cold compress and sipping some coke. I still don't feel all that great.
I wanted to get out of that room STAT - watching all those other people's blood drain out was not helping my process. I started thinking it was a little strange that they even made queasy people stay in that room.
I'm sure I'm already in the group that will be receiving the "You're Still a Hero" letter.