I’m putting this goal on hold for my sanity. I’ve done everything I could think of/have been instructed to do and still my iron level remains the same. Because I’m “only slightly” (but verified by lab test) anemic, my current gp is not interested in helping me find the cause of my iron deficiency, much less raise my iron levels. She actually said that I shouldn’t bother with trying to donate… I can’t shake the feeling that there’s another answer.
Still, I go with my fiancé and support his platelet/double red donations. I plan to continue encouraging other people to go and ultimately would like to volunteer/participate in drive organizing. Finally, I will continue with all the healthy dietary changes I’ve made over the last 3-4 months for myself, and will not give up on trying to raise my iron. 3 months ago
Today I donated blood.
And today I was sassy with the staff. When I arrived, there weren’t any other donors there yet. I was the first appointment. They asked if I was here to donate, I exclaimed, “Yes, and I have an appointment!” (which I did, and I knew that this was always the second question, so I figured I’d save everyone time and answer it, too).
When the phlebotomist asked me if I had “ever done this before,” I said, “Yes. Have you?” Ha ha, she was only mildly amused. Oh, well.
I was disappointed when the very staffer who asked me if I was here to donate saw me with the needle in my arm and inquired, “Did you have an appointment?” Sigh. Aren’t I memorable? Didn’t she notice me, that when I was the ONLY person there, that I had said with great enthusiasm, “and I have an appointment!”
Sometimes my quiet and polite nature just has enough. The actual donating part went quite well. (Not that it usually doesn’t.) 6 months ago
With my new work schedule, the only tome the fiancé and I can go on our “donor dates” is Sunday, so we’re giving it a go this weekend.
I’ve recently given up alcohol and caffeine as well, and as a result I’m drinking 4-5+ glasses of water each day. That’s quite an adjustment considering I would only ever drink 3 glasses of water a week, and that’s a generous estimation.
I’m feeling pretty good and I hope that I’ll be able to donate this time. 7 months ago
Started donating with Florida’s Blood Centers as follows:
10/17/11; 3/12/12; 8/7/12; 11/3/12. 8 months ago
I was able to donate at the blood drive held at my workplace this past Wednesday.
All went well again, except those extensive questionnaires are now on the computer. And the response buttons don’t load very quickly. As I was waiting for the buttons of “Yes” or “No” or “Skip this question,” I got distracted and answered “Yes” when I meant “No.” Gotta be more careful! 9 months ago
Sitting in the “recovery” area again with a band-aid on each middle finger & a pack of “feeling-sorry-for-myself” cookies. Damn that hemo… It was an 11 and then a 12 even.
Sigh. It’s time to upgrade the regular vitamins to pre-natal. And cut the coffee a few days prior. In the meantime I’ll keep up the extra water & weight lifting in the hope that I make it to the chair next time. I swear I train harder to donate than I do for races.
My fiancé is doing double reds today, I’m so proud of him. It’s going to be a ling wait but I’ve got my annual reading of Hiroshima to get through. 9 months ago
I donated blood as soon as I was old enough to. In high school it was easy, without complications. In college it started to become harder, I’d been told multiple times that I was borderline anemic and my iron would disqualify me. Then the weight limit changed and I was under weight so not only was I stuffing myself with beef but trying to stay at weight. It became so frustrating being turned down and coming back 2 days in a row for nothing that I ended up taking a 7 year hiatus.
This past year for lent I decided to try doing something positive instead of giving up something. I went online and made an appointment at the closest donation center and brought my fiance with me, who had never donated before. I knew that I would be turned down so I wanted to bring someone with me every time I tried so at least someone could donate.
It turns none of my friends/colleagues are able/willing to give for a variety of reasons, but it turns out my fiance really enjoyed it and now gives platelets every 2 weeks. Currently I’m turned down for more reasons, my veins have shrunk significantly and the blood volume is usually down as well so if I’m able to get past the first two hurdles, it’s the most anxiety ridden race to fill the bag in time. But, if it doesn’t work out, I’m there to support my fiance and that means every 2 weeks I get the chance to try again. We call them our donor dates, and I look at it as a way to make myself healthier while helping others.
Going to try again next week. So now begins the extra hydrating, increased iron-rich foods and I’m going to try using the medicine ball for weight lifting & see if I can’t get my veins to grow. 9 months ago
Going again in June :) 13 months ago
I donated a pint this morning at the office blood drive. All went well.
It’s been hard in the past couple of years to feel like I could cut away from my tasks and meetings to do this during a work day. But today, it worked out well.
Yay! 13 months ago
On 10/17/11 I donated a pint of blood on the Big Red Bus. You can donate every 6 weeks, so I am now eligible to donate again around December 10. 16 months ago
Today I donated at Belmont High School. Two of my students donated too. I am so proud of them! 19 months ago