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This is the first post in a series of posts about how I did something dumb and how you can avoid that dumb thing.  Except that I’m ADD and forgetful, so it might just be 1 stand alone post that leaves you wanting more. 

Hi, Its been awhile.  If you’re new to SaraEllenAwesome, stay awhile and look around.  If you know me, you already know I’m weird, if you don’t…well now you do. 

Give Blood (to legitimate places, don’t just give it to strangers).  It helps people.  It’s not hard.  It doesn’t take long and they give you cookies and juice.  But I want you to listen to the rules they give you after you give that blood.  Also, I want you to remember that you gave blood.  Because if you get busy in the kitchen that night and forget you gave blood, especially if you’re already slightly iron deficient anemic, and you pour a glass of wine, you just might pass out in the shower.  Or almost pass out in the shower.

This warning is not based on a true story, it IS a true story.  My true story. And that one single stupid glass of wine caused me about 36 hours of recovery time.  While standing in the kitchen for a couple hours making lunches for us for the week, I decided hey, I might as well have a little glass of wine.  Little did I know that would be my downfall that day.  After the glass, I decided to do 85 squats and take a shower. That’s when things when downhill, fast.  Pretty much immediately, I had to have the hubs come help me.  He brought me cold water and I asked him to stay near so he could hear me if I yelled while I tried to really supersonic fast finish my shower.  I made it through washing my face before I ended up sitting on the floor of the shower, within seconds of passing out.  When I finally made it out I put on a robe and laid on the bathroom floor until I felt like I could move enough to make it to the bed.  I’m 28 years old and my husband had to actually help me get dressed.  BECAUSE I DRANK A GLASS OF WINE.  I mean, come on, Sara, how dumb can you be? They told you not to drink.  It’s not like you drink on a regular basis either.  You were bored and thought Hey, a glass of wine, you seem nice.  NO.  It was not nice. 

Also, don’t do a big workout after you give blood either.  Did that once before, too and I ended up teaching my kickboxing class from a seated position for some of the time.  It’s not worth it.  Giving blood is worth it, but make sure that’s all you do the rest of the day.  Milk it.  Prop your feet up and watch a marathon of whatever you love to watch and make your husband feed you grapes and wave palm leaves or whatever.  Just whatever you do, DON’T break the “after you give blood” rules. 

That was your P.S.A. for the day 🙂  You’re welcome. 

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