Saturday, 29 January 2011

52in52: Donate blood

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I am taking a leaf out of Kelly's book and setting myself something new to do each week in 2011. I am going to post about it each week on Saturday. I won't be doing this in any particular order, and will add the link to the post when it is complete. If I don't manage to acheive everything on the list, (highly likely) I will donate $5 for everything I missed to Oxfam for all the amazing work they do. So here goes...


I received a letter in the mail last week from the Blood Bank.

The week before Christmas, I tried to donate blood. I figured as it was the season for giving, it was something I could do for someone else.

It was a really hot day and, honestly, I wasn't feeling the best. I don't think I had drunk enough water in the morning.

I waded my way through the forms full of extremely personal questions and then I sat amongst the other Donors reading my book. It took forever, but I was determined to hand over a pint of the red stuff, so I waited (and waited and waited as it turned out) for my turn to be the Good Samaritan.

The nurse that finally called my name was friendly. We chatted our way through all the important questions and had a giggle whenever we could. No need to make these things unpleasant. She then took a sample of my blood (a finger-prick test) and said 'It looks pale'. I retorted with  'What are you? A vampire?'.  Then she visibly paled as she read the result from her little machine. She laughed and muttered 'That can't be right' and 87 and then stated that she needed to do it again.

So we repeated the finger prick test which looked 'better' according to the vampire nurse. But sadly, not good enough. "Aren't you tired?" the nurse asked me? Uh. Yes. Der. Didn't you listen to the bit where I told you I had nearly two year old twins? Of course I am tired! (Those Vampires obviously don't need SLEEP!)

I was escorted out of the sweltering van. My blood was no good. I was diagnosed with anaemia and they told me I would get a letter in the mail explaining everything.

Well, I got my letter and my dreams of giving blood are over for at least the next 6 months. I have low-normal iron stores but insufficient haemoglobin in my blood. I have to see my GP to seek treatment for my anaemia and be given the 'all clear' in writing before masquerading as a Good Samaritan again.

So of course I have googled 'anaemia' and the causes and of course I now have think I have numerous forms of cancer and other systemic illnesses. As you do. When you self-diagnose from an internet search. I mean seriously! You'll be pleased to know that I have made an appointment with my doctor for next week. Hopefully it will be nothing and I will be back in the game in no time.

In the meantime, me and my anaemia will take ourselves off to bed a little earlier at night. I think we need more sleep.

12 comments:

Lucy said...

Oh no! (And Dr Google is rubbish. Don't ever look to him.)

Let us know how you go?

Vitamin B issues as well?

Maxabella said...

Ah, Cagg. Thank goodness you're going to the doc. Anaemia is the last thing you need!! x

Cate said...

Never never never look up medical facts on google!!
And anaemia is soo not the end of the world! Treatable and if there's no particular reason for it then dietary changes usually fix it.
I have iron deficiency anaemia (for various reasons) and have iron transfusions every now and then - no biggy.
At least you tried!!! And you can try again in June - all is not lost :-)
xxxCate

PS: Yes, Lucy is right, have they checked your B12 levels too?? I often find they drop as well.

MommyToTwoBoys said...

Web MD is a nightmare for my husband, because every time I go on there every person in my family has a deadly disease of some sort.

But Kudos to you for donating blood. A blood transfusion actually saved my 2nd son.

Baby Weight and Beyond said...

Dr. Google is a bad idea! Stay away from him ;)

Jess said...

Agreed... Dr Google is a bad idea!
Hope you get some rest though x

Lizeylou said...

Am sure anaemia isn't something that you wanted but at least once the doc gives you the medicine you need you will have a lot more energy and be ready for anything ... Hope all gets better soon!

Life In A Pink Fibro said...

Oh no! Hope you are okay. Definitely more sleep. And definitely no more Google. x

Tenille @ Help!Mum said...

Sounds like a great excuse for a big fat steak and a nice glass of red! Ah, not that simple I know.

It's recently occurred to me that I can go and give blood again. Which is a bummer cause it means that I'm not ttc, (or pregnant or breastfeeding) but good that I can make that contribution again.

Now all I need to do is find the child-free time to get to the blood bank...

therhythmmethod said...

At least the good samaritan effort identified your anaemia and now you can go get better. Wow, imagine how productive and super you'll be with normal iron levels? You'll kick over that 52 in 52 list in no time.

Frog, Goose and Bear said...

Bummer about the aenemia - good to know though! Here's hoping you'll be bounding with energy soon! Well done for attempting to give blood - I need to - thanks for the reminder.

auto donation program said...

Asparagus, bananas, beets, dulse, kelp, whole grains (esp. millet & kamut), leafy greens, raisins, parsley, peas, plums, squash, prunes, purple grapes, broccoli, and yams.This fruits and vegetables are rich in iron.

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