2009 as the International year of the blood donor.
Today I gave blood for the first time. I didn't do this just for generous reasons, I have just found out that my Iron levels were raised and easily controlled to a healthy level by becoming a regular blood donor.
Never having donated blood before it was an all new experience. After the forms to fill in, a morning tea, (more about that below), a small prick blood drop test was taken to check my blood.
Once this was checked, the actual giving of blood was easy, I found. There was no more to it, sensation wise, than having a pathology blood sample taken. I just lay back relaxed and alternated between watching TV and chatting to the nurse who was as talkative as I am and we were having quite a good yarn together and the time just flew.
I had a big calorie blowout this morning; no weight reduction benefit to donating blood.
Pre-instructions were to have a big breakfast; I did this, all healthy, rolled oats, low-fat milk, and yogurt, unsweetened as I like them and a peach and almonds.
Lots to drink, tea or coffee they said and at least 4 large glasses of water. At sixty-two, I tend toward morning frequency at the best of times. 'Be fully hydrated they said'. Right! with a reasonably typical sixty two-year-old's bladder. HOW?, got my day's exercise before I got there, running to the loo.
When I arrived, I was sat down in front of a mountain of chocolate bars, cakes, lollies, sweet and dry biscuits and tasty high fat cheese and instructed to 'eat.' I had just eaten.
I selected the healthiest choice I could find, the cheese and dry biscuits. I don't usually eat refined flour. Salty crackers, don't eat any cookies, nor high-fat cheese and I won't eat sugary foods like cake, lollies or chocolate normally, so I went for my preference of savoury over sweet food.
Then after they took my blood, I was waited on with full cream milk, espresso coffee. 'Lovely' The same pile of high fat, high refined carb food to choose from and I again chose the tasty cheese and dry biscuits and enjoyed them, while trying not to think of my already elevated cholesterol.
Well as I'll be a regular visitor to the blood bank till I get my elevated irons down, then sticking to a maintain a good healthy iron level, donation every ten to twelve weeks. I have read that healthy adults can halve their heart attack risk just by giving blood once a year. Seems like a good idea for many in gray nomads to consider if they are not already doing so. Apparently it's healthiest to have your iron levels at the lower side of normal than in the higher side.
All in all, it was an easy, simple and stress-free experience, and I am wondering why it took me sixty-two years and needing a medical benefit for me before I got around to becoming a blood donor.
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Ryn Shell's paintings are beautiful, and beyond fashion, her novels timeless, Her blog commentary centres around her experiences while creating each piece – stories about the gardens, land, and the wildlife she paints. Ryn Shell developed the multi-award winning Buninyong Gallery with her husband Reg Shell and has taken art exhibitions on tour around Australia, and especially through regional and the outback communities. She has painted commissions for an International clientele, and represented Australia at the International Artists’ Festival, Ryn Shell has been featured in the Australia Artist Magazine, and on Channel 9/WIN Television Network. Ryn Shell is the winner of numerous prestigious professional awards from portraiture, landscape and still life-floral studies in the mediums of oils, watercolour, pastels and drawing plus pottery, sculpture, and literature.
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Shell was a contributing author to the early publications of the Breast Feeding Society of Australia and was an office bearer, group leader, and councillor for the organisation. Ryn was one of a small committee who campaigned for and achieved approval for parenting rooms to be introduced into shopping malls, and for street curbs and entrances to public buildings to be designed for easy access for wheelchairs and prams, within Australia. She was active in creating community survival committees to assist new mothers with post natal depression.
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Inspired by her dress designer mother's efforts to overcome social prejudice, and to assist refugees from Europe following WWII, Ryn became actively involved in assisting the refugees to Australia following the Vietnam War. Ryn Shell has maintained an interest in social issues, especially those involving prejudice, equality, and the plight of the refugee.
Ryn Shell was a ghostwriter for the Australian Medical Journal. She has studied and taught business management and time-planning, and was awarded the Most Improved Small Business in Victoria Award in 1977 and was the runner up to the Most Improved Small Business in Australia that same year. As a public speaker, she specialised in the arts, small business, time management, health, and women's issues. Ryn Shell, now in her seventies, lives with husband Reg. and two house cats. She writes, paints, mentors, and teaches art online, also tending a cottage garden and the rural retreat she designed—with assistance due to age restrictions. Her mind is as sharp as in her youth, and she has no plans to retire. Ryn Shell believes that this is her time to pass an as much know-how as she can to those seeking to learn those skills that she's be fortunate to have mastered. Ryn believes she still has an enormous learning curve ahead.
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