I have tried and failed three times to give blood this month. It has not been thrilling. But thanks to a lot of spinach-- I am learning to like very, very simple salads as well as how to boil eggs-- I pulled it off today. Triple platelets, no complications, drank three pints of calcium-bearing liquid and ate a big handful of string cheeses. Didn't stop me from getting tingly in the last half-hour, but you know, that's platelets.
Plus I got a replacement water bottle; the lid on mine is slightly broken. Not enough to matter as a bottle, but tougher to carry around.