Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Low Iron

After work I went to the community center in town to donate blood for the American Red Cross. Unfortunately, I was not allowed to donate because of my my low hematocrit reading. Your hematocrit reading should be at 38% in order to be accepted as a blood donor, and mine was at 36%. I was so close, but not close enough! A low hematocrit level results from not having enough iron in your diet, which means I really need to start eating healthier. Even though I have started my cooking class (which is going well) I have still been eating very unhealthy. I feel like I never have enough time to prepare healthy meals, seven days a week.

Weather: very sunny, 74 degrees
Time: 20.24
Miles: 2 miles of the "speed work-out" and .5 mile warm up/cool down

*In the evening I met my cousin Karin and we played for tennis for almost an hour. What Fun! :)


Richard said...

That bites - still, at least now you have some warning and can take action before it gets too bad. Try eating Mexican food (plenty of iron in the beans) or cooking in a cast-iron skillet. If nothing else, there's always supplements...

Its a little sad - I can no longer donate blood. I was born in the UK, and if you lived there for over 3 months (which I did, by about 10 years), the FDA won't accept you because of mad-cow scare. Makes me wonder about two things:

1) Why is 2.9 months considered safe, then?
2) Doesn't the fact that I've been a vegetarian since birth and have never eaten beef, in any country, make a difference?

Anyway, this is your blog, not my blood-rant page. And the tennis? That's "crosstraining." Yeah!

Jank said...

Props for trying, at least. To the both of you.

Anonymous said...

Giving blood has always been hit or miss for me. My hematocrit the last two times has been 36, and I know I should be getting more iron, but I really have trouble eating meat, and I'm not a huge fan of the after-effects of beans! 36 isn't that low, though. I had my iron level tested at home, and it was just fine... no where near anemic (they say something around 30 or 32 gives you cause to worrying about anemia). -Dani,

ncmunchkin said...

At least you tried...I mean, too many people won't do that.

I'm glad that cooking class is going well. That sounds like a lot of fun. I might have to look into one here because I sure could use some variety in my meals.

Mark I. said...

when did they start testing for iron when you give blood? I wonder if they do that up here now (it's been a few years since I gave)?

Jank said...

As long as I've been doing it (1990-present), they put a drop of blood in the Copper(II) Sulfate solution (vial of blue liquid) and see if it solidifies and sinks. If it does, you've got enough iron. If it doesn't, not enough. Never got a % reading. Were they doing it with some sort of meter this time?

april anne said...

Richard-Thanks for the Mexican food idea. Do you (or any one else) have any good/quick recipes?

Jank-You're right, they placed a drop of blood into some sort of reader machine, which gives an electronic percent reading. Technology never ceases to amaze me! (I'm not sure when they started testing for iron. It was only my second time attempting to give blood, so I don't know how things have changed over the years.)

Heathyr said...

I tried to give blood on April 1, 2005 and my iron level is at 24. My doctor said that is critically low! I never realized low iron was a problem for runners until now.