Sunday, August 18, 2013

Blood drive at Washington Nationals Park

Jason and I signed up to donate blood at Washington nationals Park.  They were giving away a shirt, two tickets to a game and tours of the park.  It was pretty cool, we were excited to help people.  We were both feeling well when we went in but during my blood donation my stomach started to hurt and I got dizzy.  A few minutes after the blood phleobmist guy poked me he said oh crap.  I got nervous and was like what happened, he was like nothing all is ok.  It made me nervous.  

Since I got dizzy they tipped my chair up a little.  The guy that was watching my blood told me I could get up once I felt better,  I had ice packs on my chest and behind my neck.  I am not one for a lot of attention, but I sure got alot of it.  I got up and the lady that was helping me told me to sit in the snack area for twenty minutes.  I drank juice and apparently as I was sitting there I went pale.  So, they had me lie on the floor with my feet up on a chair and more ice packs.  

This nice medical guy named Eric was very helpful and nice.  He made me laugh and helped me feel less dumb for being pale.  These very sweet volunteer ladies kept feeding me cookies and juice. I got color back into my face and my stomach was a little queasy but I was able to walk and felt okay.  I had to go to the bathroom and the women would not let me go alone so I had an escort take me to the bathroom.  It was rather awkward.  I felt so helpless and every one was so concerned for me. I mainly felt bad because I didn't want Jason to worry.  I felt better and left the room with snacks and juice in case it happened again.  We sat outside and we waited to take the tour of Nats park.  It was so cool.  We got to go in areas we would never go to normally.  

 During the tour, we were up in an area that was a little warm.  I started feeling queasy and dizzy again.  An EMT was there and had me lay down and elevate my feet and drink juice.  I think I drank so much juice yesterday, I won't like juice again.  Luckily, I was feeling better so we got to catch the end of the last tour.  The EMT eric that took care of me the first time was the EMT on the last tour.  He came up to me and was like, "I feel like I have seen you before, in this same exact position."  I became part of the tour because I passed out on the tour route.  Rather awkward.  But, we got cool views of things.  I got to see the visitors locker room, the training room, the dug out and stand on the field.  It was an interesting day but I am feeling better today.  I ate food and slept and was able to not faint today.  

Visitors clubhouse

Hallway in visitors locker room

Visitors locker room

batting cage for visiting team

Us in the dug out

Us on Nats park by home plate

Nats park sign

Minnesota Vacation 2013

We took a summer vacation to my cousin Jens wedding in Minnesota.  My mom's family is all from there so it was a mini family reunion.  I flew out August 9th and spent the day with my mom and younger sister Gabby at the Mall of America, having brunch with a family friend, and visiting my grandpas grave sit in Fort Snelling.  My mom gave us some money and we spent almost all day and could not find one thing to buy.  We went out for ice cream that night.  Jason was flying in Saturday morning and we went to the Mall of America for a second time.  It was a lot of fun.  This time around we found stuff. Later that evening we had a fantastic wonderful BBQ at my cousin Nick's house.  It was very nice weather our whole visit there.  Jason and I stayed in a very nice hotel in White Bear, MN.  Our hotel room had a rubber ducky that they gave us. It was pretty funny.  We had a nice king bed which is always nice to have.  Our hotel at breakfast and it had a pancake maker that was so cool.  I had never seen one before.  It is so cool that even though it had been a year since I had seen my mom and Gabby every time we see each other it seems like we were never apart.

Sunday afternoon we went to my cousin Jen's wedding picnic at a park in downtown Minnesota.  It was a potluck and they re did their vows and it was a good time. After the wedding we went to the Minneapolis sculpture garden.  They had this cool cherry spoon thing and we took some funny pictures.  It was so nice to spend time with my family again.  My uncle Matt, cousin Hans, aunt Rose, cousin Sara and her husband Larry and there two kids were there also.  Also my cousin Nick, his wife Haja and there son Terrance.  It was nice to reunite with family again.  Monday morning we got together and ate White Castle hamburgers before Jason and I had to get on an airplane.  We were flying to Atlanta and then to Baltimore to pick up our car. Our flight to Atlanta was very calm.  On our way out of Atlanta it started raining and lightning really bad. We had a two hour delay.  Most of it was weather related and then their was a lack of a pilot and the luggage was not on the flight because of a delayed flight.  There was just no communication.  We sat on the tarmac for a long time.  We were on the plane an hour and a half before we finally got to Baltimore.  There were alot of people upset.  But, we made it home by midnight.  Unfortunately, Jason and I had to go to work the next day.  I felt bad Jason had to work at 7:30am. 

My mom and her sister sherry

My Mom, me and my sister Gabby

Me lifting the cherry, the couple behind us were entertaining

My sister straining to lift the cherry

My sister and me

My cute hubby and me

My sister trying to push the wall

St. Paul MN temple
Jason and me, it was cloudy but sunny somehow
Jason and I at the wedding

My mom, her sister sherry and her brother matt