10/01/08 08:56 - ID#45884
I tried to give blood last week but the blood donor center wouldnâ€™t take it. They said my iron, and some other thing identified by 3 letters that I didnâ€™t know what it was, were too low. Can anyone tell me how far in advanced of giving blood I have to stock up on iron-rich foods to get it high enough for them to take? When I was a teen/young adult I had some problems with borderline anemia, but not so much in the past 10 years, at least not that Iâ€™m aware of. I was giving blood regularly about 5 years ago but stopped after about a year because I got a tattoo (no - not a midlife crisis - kind of a tribute to my husband). Anyway, I didnâ€™t have any iron problems at that time. After a tattoo, they donâ€™t want you to donate for a year, and I just sort of got out of the habit. So, I made a conscious effort to go back and then, go figure, my blood is too weak. Anyway, I want to try again but need to get my iron up. I canâ€™t take vitamins with iron as they make me sick to my stomach, so I guess itâ€™ll have to be the good old-fashioned red meat and spinach way. I just donâ€™t know how long I have to do that before my levels are any good.
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