It's raining cats and dogs here in Gothenburg, Sweden and autumn is really upon us now. Makes you wanna just stay at home, wearing comfy clothes like a bathrobe and just drink coffee and play games. Damn being a grown-up and have to work for a living!
The trip went well. 22 hours to there and 22 hours back again. Saw a couple of really bad movies on the flights, drank some red wine and slept uncomfortably as always. Btw, the veggie food on LuftHansa was among the worst I ever eaten, haha.. It was so bad I couldn't help myself from laughing. Finnairs veggie food is so much better, used to eat that when flying back and forth to Sing.
Yeah, not really a vegetarian, but I just prefer to not eat meat for a multiple of reasons. But ppl like to put other ppl with labels, so to not make them all so confused it's often easier to just say I am a vegetarian.
It'll be all-work-no-play, so no football unfortunately. It was freezing cold yesterday and I didn't bring any jacket or sweater, hah.. that was a surprise :D But it's funny how they now have spring here in Brazil but back home on the northern part of Gaia, we have autumn.
I wonder if the toilet water spins backwards here?
Yeah, the city if quite high up as well, around a 1000 meters above sea level I think. Yesterday and today the weather is nice, though I spend most of the days stuck in conference rooms so not much time to experience the city and its weather.
Nice one. Makes me feel like I might have helped someone in an indirect way. Helps others and detoxifies yourself of a lil iron at the same time. Been doing that regular for bout 8 yrs now. I always do double red donations as they replace lost fluids so ya feel better afterwards. But yep, A strange feeling.
Double red cell donation. A machine filters out the red blood cells, double you would give in a whole blood donation and shoots the plasma and fluid back in the body with a little saline to replace the volume lost. Not every place has the equipment for doubles but the Red Cross bout always does. The whole blood takes everything out so that can leave ya a little whoosy for a while. Either way, good to see someone doing it.
Notice that in Germany, until recently a man who ever had sex with another man was barred from donating blood for all of his lifetime. This changed only a few months ago. The new rule is that a man must have had no sex with another man for at least ONE YEAR. It doesn't matter if he practices safer sex or not or if he is in a monogamous relationship or not. He must have had no sex for at least one year, no matter his personal circumstances, in order to be allowed to donate blood.
Of course how does anyone know he's gay? He could lie on the survey.
Personally I have a HUGE problem with donating blood because of this. For me it's hypocritical. On the one hand in Germany so oftentimes you are told to donate blood because it's so important to rescue lives etc etc. But then oh no, MY BLOOD, would not be good enough because I'm gay.
So kudos to you who donate their blood. It is admirable from you. But I myself will not donate because of the above.
(Yeah, I had to get that out of my system, apologies ;) )
Sokay. That sucks though, would bug me to, and has. Red Cross asks those questions here as well, plus various other drug related stuff, tattoos, major skin grafts (me), Ebola areas, etc. I was barred for a while myself. They are pretty strict, even with all the testing they are supposed to do with it afterwards, but I figure somebody needin blood overrides the narrow-mindedness of a bureaucracy these days. I think sometimes these places have no clue when it come to common sense epidemiology.
I feel you, Shandaxx. It's the same in Sweden and it makes me feel furious. I have a close relative who is gay and is living in a monogamous relationship since many years past. A slutty guy who scores onenighters left and right is allowed to donate but not him since he is gay. I agree, this is hypocritical bullshit and it need to be changed! It's based on old 80's paranoia that HIV is spread by gays because gay men have more sex partners than the average hetro dude and dudette. But that's not true anymore, the younger ones have much more uninhibited sex nowadays with tinder and whatnot. Straight ppl are no more "clean" than gay ppl. So why not let everyone test their blood, no matter their sexual preferences, and if they are clean then let them donate?
I hate injustice against groups of ppl. Makes me infuriated!
Lawd, the eighties, I remember that time. When I was a poor college student I tried everything to make ends meet, even selling plasma. They would not let me though because I'm Type I diabetic and used needles n such. I can donate fine now to the red cross. I remember it making me so damn mad at the time, feeling less than human. Put me off for about 25 yrs after that but was still nervous the first time back answering questions.