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Off-topic, possibly off-putting

June 12th, 2015 at 08:45 am

At one supermarket, I won't say what chain or what location, I seem to get free food without asking. I don't consider it stealing: stealing is when you're in the aisles and you take merchandise with no plan to present it for purchase at checkout, you exit the supermarket with goods unpaid. That to me is stealing. Even popping grapes at produce is stealing, in my book. When you present all the merchandise on the conveyor belt, with your bags and coupons you signal to the checkout counter staff your intent to purchase. Anyway, I ended up with free halibut (!!) one time and yesterday free organic chicken breasts, both items I put on the belt with merchandise I was charged for. I believe that if one's going to get free food always get the good stuff, none of this spray cheese or Dinty Moore stew business. I believe what happens is that the checkout "override" for original price (I'm no spender, I wait for the halibut and chicken to be marked down half-price before it goes in my basket!) doesn't go through, the food package sports a "freeze or use by" today's date sticker, and the counter person either doesn't scan it at all, or says "whatever, there's a line forming and we can't sell it tomorrow, enjoy your free food." This happens only at one location though, not the one closest to me.

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I made the difficult decision to stop blood donations. In March I had a vasovagal response of vomit and lightheadedness, on Wednesday I had an epic "Elvis moment" response: passing out on the throne, coming to on the floor (okay so Elvis didn't revive in August 1977), skidmarks on clothes and floor and my lunch and dinner exiting the entry way on my Marimekko top. I had to wear a Tyvek blue shirt, and be wheeled out in a chair to the donation area, with my puked-on Marimekko shirt in a plastic bag. I felt like such the rock star (Amy Winehouse, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix...). If I knew how to prevent that, I would continue with the blood donations but let's consider: I made the appointment on Monday morning when a blood bank volunteer telephoned me; I said to her I did NOT want to throw up again; she said I should be well hydrated and start drinking a lot of fluids immediately; I consumed 80g of protein and 84 fl. oz of water Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Wednesday I made my own electrolyte drink of lemon, honey, water, baking soda and sea salt, and sucked down 24 oz of that prior to blood donation. My vitals were a little high but lowered within three minutes at first check at the blood clinic. A nurse called me the next day to see how I was, and to try to identify what could have caused this severe vasovagal response. She wasn't the investigative sort, which is a pity, I'd have trusted someone with medical training to advise me on preventing this. She said it was unusual for someone who's given 3 gallons cumulatively to suddenly develop this reaction. If the only advice I get from the blood bank crew is the advice I already followed, it's obviously not going to help me.

So many people in this country eat tons of carbs, sugars and starches: why don't more of them give blood? They probably wouldn't be passed out with their pants down in the bathroom.

I did eat some sugary bakery treats yesterday after Wednesday's debacle. I wanted some evidence that life is still living, and a chocolate eclair and strawberry danish were pretty convincing...
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My husband tossed my handmade soap away because the plastic container was warped. :-(

5 Responses to “Off-topic, possibly off-putting”

  1. laura/deacon's wife Says:


    I am sorry about your reaction to donating blood! Frown Bet it wasn't their first puke-rodeo at the collection center.

    I donated this week (Wed) and was apparently well-hydrated and produced output at "9" compared to the average "5-7" range of the older folks. I didn't know if this was good or bad, but was assured it was just fine. My daughter drove home since I was a bit light-headed.

    I did milk a lot of praise for wearing my "Be nice to me I gave blood" sticker.

    Hope it goes better next time!

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    I don't give blood as I'm pretty sure I would at least faint. I have to lay down just to have a simple vial of blood. I think it would be best to talk to your doctor if you have any concerns, they may be able to figure out if there is any other underlying issue. I hope you feel better now!

  3. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I came close to doing the blood donating thing - the money was very tempting. However the longer I sat in the waiting room thinking about how experienced blood getters have trouble with my veins ... got me out of there quick as a wink.

    Sorry you had such rotten luck at the blood donation place.

  4. My English Castle Says:

    Wow--scary and pretty ugly. Get some rest.

  5. CB in the City Says:

    I can't donate blood because my veins are small, invisible and rolling. I am what they call a "bad stick" and I have learned to ask for a phlebotomist for routine blood work. I fainted dead away when I had to have a blood test to get married, many years ago! That was my first experience, and I haven't gotten any better!

    I would say; you have given in the past. If you can't do it now, it's time to relax and let someone else step up to the plate.

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