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May 6th, 2004

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03:15 pm - Updated list of things not to do after pilates.
Previously, the list was:
If you go directly to a windowless room, with pizza and a lecture, straight from pilates, you will sleep

Add to it:
If you wake up at 7am, go to pilates and then a more thorough workout in the gym (without eating), and then give blood, even getting food and going to work will not prevent you from staring at the screen without focusing for an hour or more

Giving blood was interesting. First time. I didn't realize it was so political.

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Date:May 7th, 2004 10:44 am (UTC)

Re: political??

One of the things that struck me was the questions of "Since 1977, have you ever had sex with a man?" (and the followup question of if I have had sexual relations with someone else who has a partner who has had male homosexual sex).

The other striking one was "Have you ever had sex for money or drugs" (and the followups of having ever paid someone for sex with money or drugs, and having had a sexual partner who may have paid or been paid for sex).

While I understand the "risk factors" involved in both of these categories, that both of them are unexplored dealbreakers seems rather politically charged. I'm not the only one. In places where prostitution is legal, procedures may be in place to control STDs -- heck, that's why the porn industry shut down quickly. And gay sex is not, of itself, inherently more or less a disease vector than heterosexual sex.

Basically, I didn't realize that saying I donated blood means that I am a very straight and plain male who has only had safe, involved relationships. I understood the implications that being a blood donor meant that I was blood disease-free -- that's to be hoped for. I did not realize that I needed a full accounting of my partners' behaviors as well, that nowhere in their history was a gay or pay-for-sex taint.
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Date:May 7th, 2004 12:16 pm (UTC)
were you a good son and stick up about the acupuncture question?? i definitely commented on how acupuncture has a bad connotation when put in the same category as doing heroin or hard drugs with needles.

and then after asking every country i've ever been to, they didn't even let me give blood because my iron was too low :P
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Date:May 7th, 2004 12:21 pm (UTC)
I just ignored it on principle, because it looked clear that she was bored and busy. That was another one of the political things -- they presume acupuncture inherently bad, and yet don't ask about if you had any other medical procedures with a needle. Same risks, folks.

They only asked for every country in the past year outside of the US and Canada... she was suprised. I can only imagine if you went in after one of your europe excursions...

(And naturally, I had plenty of iron. Eat more meat, hippy)
Date:May 11th, 2004 09:33 pm (UTC)
This vegetarian has never been low on iron, even after having a baby.

In addition to the questions you mention, I hated the UK questions, which are presumably mad-cow related, and should allow exceptions for vegetarians.

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