Saturday, February 11, 2012
Well, I failed out again at the 'test the iron' stage of the blood donation attempt. I have yet to pass. This time, however, because of tracking my food on Sparkpeople, I *know* that I have consumed enough dietary iron. Previously, who knows. I ate way too much mac & cheese, cheese sandwich, and processed boxed lunches to really know if I was getting enough or not. Now I do know, and I am.
But, my hemoglobin count is still very low. Not just 'too low for blood donation' low, as the cutoff is high on purpose. No, its just too low. Ironically, today I was lower than I have been in months, only 109. My grandfather, who has a blood disease that affects his iron count (and who needed blood transfusions to ensure he had enough hemoglobin; one of my reasons for wanting to donate), now has a hemoglobin count higher than I do.
I think its time I take this up wtih my doctor. I hate being the kind of patient who brings 'maybe' problems; I know they're too busy to deal wth hypochondriac crap. But, knowing I'm eating enough iron and yet stll testing far too low for hemoglobin tells me there might actually be a problem. And getting proper tests at the doctor's is the only way to know for sure.