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Break – Fast

by Meghann on July 16, 2010

This morning a complete stranger poked me with a needle and managed to steal a whole vile blood from my precious veins. How rude!

Ok, so technically I did give the complete stranger permission to take the blood in the first place, so it wasn’t really ‘stealing,’ but still it’s my blood – not theirs.  😉

I had been carrying the little lab form to have my blood drawn for over month now (it was actually dated 6/14!), but have been way to busy to make it to the lab. This morning was my only free morning to do so and I tried to avoid any wait by going super early.

The lab opened at 6:00 am, my goal was to get there around 6:45, and thankfully I was out of there before 7:00. I’ve gone at 7:00 before and ended up with an hour wait – I guess the key is to go super, super early to avoid the morning rush.

Since the bloodwork ended up taking no time at all, I decided to walk to the little park by the lab and enjoy my packed breakfast by the water.

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Pretty, no?

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The worst part about having blood drawn is having to fast the night before. I always wake up STARVING and not even being allowed to grab a small bite of anything is torture. I was very thankful the bloodwork was quick, so that I could end the fast immediately rather than having to wait through the drive to work.

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Last night I packed a quick breakfast of mixed cereal (Kashi Flakes, Kix, & Kashi Puffs), ricottta cheese (the last of my container) and half a mango.

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Breakfast with a view.

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And not to worry! The bloodwork was all routine. Just some hormone levels that have to be checked bi-annually due to family history. No big deal. 🙂

Guess what?

I sold the MacBook! Even better – I was able to sell it to a good friend! Yippee!! 🙂 I know my baby will be going to a good home.

In need of a new bed?

I know I am!

I’m almost embarrassed to admit this, but I still sleep on the same mattress my Aunt gave me back in 1999, which was given to her by my Uncle? (Grandparents?) after her divorce in 1995 and who knows how old it was before that. So, at the very least my mattress is 15 years old, but I’m assuming it’s more like 20. Which means it’s the same age as my youngest brother.

And because of all this is why I plan to enter Sabrina’s Tempur-Pedic Better Night’s Sleep Contest. The grand prize is actually a Tempur-Pedic Cloud Supreme Mattress! Now, that’s a contest I can get onboard with.

To enter you have to make a 60 second video and don’t worry I promise to share mine with all of you. 🙂 Visit Sabrina’s blog for more details!

p.s. Dear Tempur-Pedic, If you are looking for another blogger to review a bed for you and host a giveaway, I would be happy to oblige. Just sayin’. 😉

Fun Fact

Did you know the Mayor of Orlando claimed today ‘Ice Cream for Breakfast Day?’ I missed it for breakfast, but I wonder if he’ll let me practice ‘Ice Cream for Lunch day?’ 😉

1 RhodeyGirl July 16, 2010 at 8:48 am

Thanks for the shout out! Can’t wait to see your video!!

2 Rosey Rebecca July 16, 2010 at 8:48 am

I’m all for ice cream for bfast! Hope you win the giveaway!! I love my bed too much to enter.

3 Morgan @ Life After Bagels July 16, 2010 at 8:48 am

You know what, I have never fasted before getting bloodwork done . . . but that’s probably for the best I’m a fainter!

4 Marina July 16, 2010 at 9:06 am

I hope your blood turns out to be perfect 🙂
Ugh, thank god I didn’t have to fast before my bloodwork, a week or so ago. I would die in the morning 😀

5 Kelly July 16, 2010 at 9:32 am

I agree that the worst part about lab work is not being able to eat anything first. I swear it is a mental thing too because knowing that I can’t eat…only serves to make me more HUNGRY! I hope everything turns out perfect!

6 Marilou @ Mostly Healthy July 16, 2010 at 9:42 am

Oh man, we just bought a new matress after we’ve both slept on 49374932 old matresses for years and let me say …. DAMN! It’s the best thing that happened to me since the invention of chocolate! For the first time in my life, I wake up in the morning rested after not waking up ONCE during the night (when before it was like 2-3 times)

If you don’t win the contest, go and oblige! It’s so damn worth it 🙂

7 Krystina July 16, 2010 at 9:52 am

Damn, I wish I listened to the mayor! Technically I’m in Daytona this weekend instead of Orlando, but still.

8 Laura July 16, 2010 at 9:58 am

I love how you use your Lulu bag as a lunch bag. that’s what I use to pack my lunch every day!

9 averymeggirl July 16, 2010 at 10:08 am

I use my lulu bag all the time or lunch too!! haha..

When I got my first real job one of the first things I bought was a good mattres.. My other one was horrible and I thought it was nice to treat myself 😉

I actually got it at Raymor and Flanigan and I got a 0apr credit card as long as it was paid off in a year!

10 dianacheung July 16, 2010 at 10:08 am

have a great weekend with Derek! I know you’ve been missing him! 🙂

11 newleafeats July 16, 2010 at 10:37 am

I grew up sleeping on a mattress that my great-grandmother stuffed with her bare hands with cotton that she picked with her bare hands. My youngest sister still sleeps on that mattress.

12 RhodeyGirl July 16, 2010 at 4:23 pm

That is incredible!! If your youngest sister wants a new mattress, she should enter the contest!

13 Kelly July 16, 2010 at 10:52 am

Oh ok, you can disregard my email then since you sold it.

14 Dione July 16, 2010 at 11:02 am

Your posts are always so funny. A stranger stole a vile of your blood! HA, love it. 🙂

15 Run Sarah July 16, 2010 at 11:20 am

I hate fasting before blood tests too! So inconvenient. Looks the perfect setting for breakfast though!

16 Rose July 16, 2010 at 12:35 pm

That’s the perfect use for a lululemon bag!

17 freshman5k July 16, 2010 at 12:53 pm

I had to fast before my wisdom teeth surgery and before a blood-glucose test, that was hard!

18 sarah July 16, 2010 at 1:11 pm

a tip from a professional lab tech (and a person who unfortunately has to steal blood from patients ;)– most lab tests don’t require fasting. the most common ones that do are glucose (included in panels like BMPs or CMPs too but fasting isn’t really required unless the doctor is worried that you are hypo/hyperglycemic and wants proof. we can just comment “not-fasting” when we report it) and lipid panels. you can always call the lab to know for certain. fasting is no fun especially if it’s unnecessary. 🙂

19 Meghann July 16, 2010 at 1:30 pm

Unfortunately my doctor always requests that I fast before these tests. 🙁 I tried to go once without fasting and they told me they couldn’t take my blood because the doctor had labeled it on the sheet. grrr…

20 Heather July 16, 2010 at 1:19 pm

Ugh, I hate needles, always dread having to get blood word done. Glad you got it out the way early!

That lake is so pretty, what a good way to get your day going after the lab.

Happy Friday!

21 missyrayn July 16, 2010 at 2:25 pm

I hate blood work and especially fasting blood work. I have to get it done routinely but I always schedule it for first thing in the day so I can EAT! There is a reason they call it breaking the fast. 🙂

22 Andrea July 16, 2010 at 2:43 pm

How lucky to have such a nice view for breakfast – I’m jealous!

and now I’m going to gross you out… there was a commercial on tv a few days ago which said that after 8 years, your mattress has doubled its original weight due to dead skin cells and sweat. YUCK! My old mattress was probably 15 years old too, so don’t feel bad. Get a new mattress though! Your back will thank you 😉 And get a mattress pad thingy while you’re at it 😉

23 Sarah July 16, 2010 at 5:34 pm

Thyroid issue? Just a guess, as I have to get blood done fairly often for mine. 🙂 Smart to keep up with checking it if that’s what it is, your levels can change kinda fast!

24 jasmine July 16, 2010 at 8:30 pm

how come you just don’t buy a new mattress? they really aren’t that expensive if you shop around.

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