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Why You Should Donate Blood

Why You Should Donate BloodIt only takes an hour to donate blood, but it could save someone’s life.A few years ago I decided that I wanted to donate blood. I was so disappointed in myself that I wasn’t able to complete my first donation. You see, I am a fainter. I don’t like needles. I don’t like having blood taken. Even talking about it often makes me go weak at the knees. But I just felt really strongly that this was something that I needed to do. I felt so strongly about it that I became emotional thinking about it.

A few years ago I decided that I wanted to donate blood. But I was so disappointed in myself that I wasn’t able to complete my first donation. You see, I am a fainter. I don’t like needles. I don’t like having blood taken. Even talking about it often makes me go weak at the knees. But I just felt really firmly that this was something that I needed to do. I felt so strongly about it that I became emotional thinking about it.

Since that first attempt, I have attempted it two more times. Each time I was unable to complete a whole donation. However, they assured me they were still able to use the small amount.

BENEFITS

  • It doesn’t cost anything
  • It only takes an hour
  • You get a snack & drink at the end
  • Each donation can help save three lives

How Blood is Used

I fall into the 4% that is obstetrics. After the birth of my daughter, I received a total of 3 units of blood over the course of two days. After that, I was also on iron supplements to help me get back to normal.

I’m not sure that I believe in fate but it’s quite interesting that I had attempted to donate blood 3 times & ended up needing 3 units.

Take the quiz to see if you are eligible to donate blood here

ORGAN DONATION

After my husband & I got married, we opted to be on the same Medicare card. While looking into how to go about that I learned that you can sign up to be an Organ Donor through Medicare. Two completed flyers later my we were both registered organ donors.

I’ve recently learned that with great doctors & surgeons, blood transfusions are not always required with an organ transplant. Miriam from But, Still Breathing had a double lung transplant at Houston Methodist on March 6, 2015. Her doctor, Dr Scott Scheinin, has made it his life’s work to becoming skilled in bloodless surgery in order to lessen bleeding & hemorrhaging during surgery, therefore lessening the need for blood transfusions. Even though lung transplants are usually considered to have a higher risk of blood loss of all the transplants, Miriam’s surgery was a wonderful success with very minimal blood loss. You can read more about Miriam’s journey over at her blog: But, Still Breathing.

To become an organ donor, register through Medicare here

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I Never Had Anxiety Until I Was Pregnant

 

I Never Had Anxiety Until I Was PregnantI had never experienced anxiety until I was pregnant. I didn’t believe people that suffered from anxiety. I just thought they were making excuses because I didn’t understand it. I’m sure I’m not alone there either. There are many mental illnesses that people don’t believe just because they don’t understand.

For me, anxiety feels like I’m overwhelmed, stressed, freaked out & have energy to burn all at the same time.

The first time I thought I was experiencing anxiety I was at work. I really didn’t know what was happening to me or what I was feeling. The only way I can describe it was that I felt like I was freaking out for no reason. And there really was no reason.

Since that first time, I have learned to recognize what it is & what I can do about it.

In the lead up to finishing work before going on maternity leave, it got worse. I’d sit at my desk looking over my replacement’s shoulder feeling fidgety & helpless. It didn’t help that I had 4 days to teach her what I do. I had to find a way to deal with it, and fast.

Tactics that worked for me

Step away – Get up and step away from what you’re currently doing. This can break your mental focus & provide a little perspective.
Use the bathroom – This is a great way to really step away from what you are doing to take a moment to yourself.
Fix a drink – Make yourself a calming cup of tea or pour a glass of water.
Get some fresh air- Just a few minutes outside can help reset your feelings & what’s going through your mind.
Breathe – Breathe deeply & concentrate on your breath, pay attention to the sounds you can hear, and the things that you can smell.
Meditation – This has helped me most. After my daughter was born, I had trouble meditating on my own, so I used an app called Smiling Mind for guided meditation.

If you are after even more ideas to calm your anxiety, Buzzfeed has some great tips in their article 36 Simple Ways to Quiet Your Anxiety.

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Leg Day Recovery Tips

Leg day is one of my favourite days. I love feeling sore afterwards, like I’ve put in some real effort. But after a while the soreness can become downright annoying.

Leg Day Recovery Tips

Depending on what time I work out, I generally notice some soreness around 20 hours afterwards, which peaks around 24-36 hours afterwards.

A Change in Coffee Habits

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I have been drinking coffees from the Nescafe Cafe Menu for at least 6 years now. I originally picked them up because I wanted to start drinking coffee (I’m guess because it appears to be an adult thing to do) but didn’t like the instant stuff my parents had. I always loved the smell of coffee but never liked the taste until I tried this brand.

To be honest, when I first started having them I was having 1 sugar in the flavoured ones & 2 sugars in the cappuccino, which is just ridiculous when you think about it. I have also been known to have one every day but in the last year or so I have been limiting myself to 1 or 2 a week, usually when I am out at a client’s office for the day.

They come in a multitude of flavours & usually work out to be around $1 per serve, even when they are not on special. I remember the first time I stocked up on these at the supermarket. I ended up with about 8 boxes, all in different flavours. My favourite flavours are vanilla, caramel & hazelnut.

As much as I love them & like to treat myself, I just don’t think they fit in with my health & fitness goals anymore. We have a pod coffee machine at home, which I use exclusively on weekends & we have a different pod coffee machine at the office so I can still get my fix. There is also a McDonald’s across the road from the office, but let’s face it: I’m not that desperate for coffee.

Unusual Effects of Going to the Gym

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On the 15th of January, I finally joined a gym. I had been considering it for a little while, mostly because I love the idea of running inside away from the elements. I follow the gym on facebook & noticed they were offering a very attractive deal, compared to the other 24/7 gyms in my area. I’m pretty sure all the gyms in my area are now 24/7 anyway.