Sorry about no Virtual Front Page last night. I was giving blood instead.
I did the Alyx system again, the process in which they draw out TWO pints of blood, take the red cells out of it, and put what’s left back (along with a tad of cool saline, which chills one ever so slightly on a hot day). Nice things about this: The needle is smaller (I don’t know how, since it has two channels, but it is) and therefore less uncomfortable — and you don’t get called to give again for 16 weeks, rather than the usual 8.
It was fine. I’m feeling a tad iron-poor this morning (I can sense that there are fewer things carrying oxygen to my brain, or something), but I think I did sleep a little better last night. And the iron will return.
Anyway, they’re short of all sorts of blood as always, not just my “universal donor” O positive.
So you should give, too. Be like me. ‘Cause I’m such a heckuva guy.