HOW LOW CAN YOU GO?
Today I went to give blood at Lifesource.
Beforehand, I did everything I could to ensure that I would be able to donate.
I broke my Monday watermelon fast early in order to eat some protein (rice and high-iron beans, cooked on an iron skillet), so that I'd be strong and healthy.
I slept in today, and did a light practice.
I eschewed my daily mini-cup of chai, because caffeine makes my iron levels plummet.
I had Dharma's Breakfast Blend, a high-fat and high-protein raw smoothie, before teaching class.
I ate again before giving blood.
Yet I failed the test anyway.
Not the iron test.
But the blood pressure test.
Apparently mine's so low it's dangerous for me to give blood.
No wonder I nearly fainted after giving last time.
No wonder I'm always tired.
No wonder I nearly froze to death in the old apartment.
The ladies at LifeSource told me how to increase my blood pressure: Eat salt.
Caffeine also helps.
So.....Apparently when I eat corn chips and drink chai it's not due to a lack of self-control.
Rather, I'm self-medicating.
I also learned that wearing compression stockings is supposed to help.
Using cayenne pepper should also help. And drinking lots of water.
And beet juice.
Now that I can do.
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