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A pair of nice days, temperatures notwithstanding:

     Wednesday and Thursday brought the last blood drive of the year to my employer's building. On Wednesday, there was the delight of two coworkers donating successfully: Shelley, who had been ineligible for years and then forgotten about giving, decided to get on-board again...and Nancy, who had received pretty bad nerve damage a couple years ago due to a donation. She tried in the spring and failed due to iron levels; she tried again this time and succeeded!

     I succeeded as well on my appointment Thursday, bringing me to my yearly goal of three whole blood donations. Whoopee! On my way back, I stopped and picked up a stem of stargazer lilies for Nancy. I'm so impressed by her courage in going back and giving again after what she went though--just had to give her flowers!

     And those stargazers made the whole area smell lovely when we got to work on Friday. Mmmmmmmm!

     On a different note, I have gratitude to express to my mom, my dad, my sister-in-law--whoever out there who has been praying for my progress with book 4. Things have been going crazy in my head and falling into place--Thank you, God! The last three years, my imagination tended to run off to book 5 nearly all the time when I think about the books, but this week the 'blank gulf' portion of book 4 that's given me so much trouble has filled in amazingly. It shall be wonderful to have images in my mind since college (the Wolf-Lord before the Council) or slightly post-college (a long line of refugees guarded by woolly mammoths) snapping into place like puzzle-pieces. Not that I don't still have hurdles and sticky spots, but all the big gaps between chapter 25 and the first chapter of book 5 are GONE. THANK YOU, GOD!!
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On September 20th, 2008 04:13 am (UTC), brezzydal commented:
Such good news on the blood donations. Tell Nancy and Shelly that I am proud of them both.
I not sure I would be willing to donate again if I had such a bad experience as Nancy did.
I glad you were able to give and did not any problems with your iron level.

So VERY HAPPY to hear good news on book 4. I have to admit I have prayed since I am
anxious to read the rest. Enjoy your weekend.
On September 20th, 2008 01:44 pm (UTC), hyarmi_records replied:
I'll try to remember to tell them! Nancy certainly has guts. And yes, my iron level was very good--taking iron pills in the morning with orange juice (which aids absorption) for a week beforehand really seems to make a difference (and avoiding iced tea). And the pills I bought don't mess with my bowels, either. =)

Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for your prayers! *hugs* You have a great weekend too. I'm planning on church Saturday evening, but I should be around for a phone call the rest of the weekend.
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On September 20th, 2008 04:51 am (UTC), silvanime commented:
That's wonderful news! I'm so pleased to hear that things are falling into place. It's also great to hear how thrilled you sound.

And well done to Nancy, indeed! I imagine it would have taken quite a lot of courage for her to go back after such a terrible experience.

I shall keep my fingers crossed the the temperatures cool off again soon.
On September 20th, 2008 01:46 pm (UTC), hyarmi_records replied:
It is very exciting, especially with the filling in of things that have stumped me for years!

Nancy told me that she told them that she was scared, so they were very carefull and attentive during her donation. =) She deserves a medal!

I'm glad it's a weekend so I could take a sleeping pill to get me through last night. Just a few more days and it should be back to normal temps, thankfully.