“It’s six am, you wanna get up?”

It was, in fact, six am. It was also a Saturday. The Curmudgeonly Lion was nudging me and I reluctantly surfaced into a gray pre dawn.

“Yeah.” I mumbled, but it came out as an airy sigh like yeahuhhhhh. Less like I was awake and more like I was deflating. I had been the one who’d asked him to wake me up early after all. I struggled to open my eyes which were so dry the lids felt like they were glued to the lenses. I managed it on the third or fourth try.

I was dragging myself out of bed early in order to go for a run. I usually prefer to run in the evenings, but I had plans to donate platelets today and I wasn’t sure how it was going to affect me. I figured I could get up early, do my run while it was cool, and still have plenty of time to cool down and do breakfast with the Lion before the needle fell.

This turned out to be a good choice: the sun was just beginning to break through the morning haze and everything was still cool and pleasant. The roads and paths were quiet, and all the crosswalks were set to change on the press of the button instead of waiting for an approaching bus to hit the sensor. It took me about half a mile to get warmed up, but after that it was one of the best runs I’ve had in a while. It was almost worth getting up early for just by itself. We’ll see if I still think that tomorrow morning at six am.

Anyway, the platelet donation was a bust. Again. My blood iron was still too low in spite of a week taking iron supplements and vitamin c. I’ll have to reschedule: maybe third time is the charm. I’m a little bit frustrated: the reading said I was at 12.2. I needed to be at 12.5 to donate. I’m pretty sure I was at 12.2 last week as well, though, which means that even taking a supplement every day has not been enough to, pun not intended, move the needle. I have to wonder what this means for my overall health: my energy has been good and I feel pretty strong and lively so I evidently tolerate having a lower blood iron level pretty well, but would I feel even better/stronger/livelier if my levels were more robust? One way to find out, I guess.

So anyway, I feel like I’ve put in a full day already even though it’s only early afternoon. (Also, I just had an amazing nap) so now onto bigger and better things.

~ by Gwydhar Gebien on August 11, 2018.

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