calypso Posted July 21, 2005 Report Share Posted July 21, 2005 I know most of you will probably think I am nuts, but I tried to donate blood today and was turned away because my hematocrit was too low. It had to be at least 38 percent and I was at 36, which is not horribly low, but I take so many B-supplements and iron tablets that I am baffled it could be this low.I have always had a tendency to score low on the iron count, even in my teens and pre-POTS. But I have made a serious effort to eat plenty of fruits/veggies, and to even consume vitamin C to increase my iron absorption. I still fail to reach the magic number.Does anyone here have any insight or a similar experience?I am so frustrated that even when I feel decent enough to donate, that I get turned away. My dad had a kidney transplant many years ago, and ever since then I have had a desire to be more altruistic -- and since I can't donate an organ, I thought this would be a good way to pay society back for what he received. I have yet to actually donate because I have never passed the prescreening yet, in the five times I have tried.Amy Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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