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Old Sep 6, 16, 7:31 pm
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First time in 40 years of donating that I was denied . Low iron and they attempted 3 times but it was a no-go. Rescheduled for Thursday morning and hopefully the steak I have for supper on Wednesday night helps
I believe they raised the hemoglobin minimum for males back in May of this year. (Females still have to hit 12.5, but males have to hit 13 g/dL now.)

Good luck on Thursday...crossing my fingers for you!

(Chatting with my local blood center, it seems like big jumps in the # of deferments have really taken a toll on the collections this summer. Combination of dozens of countries - and now US counties - on the Zika deferment list, along with the increased hemoglobin target for males.)
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Old Sep 6, 16, 9:30 pm
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(Chatting with my local blood center, it seems like big jumps in the # of deferments have really taken a toll on the collections this summer. Combination of dozens of countries - and now US counties - on the Zika deferment list, along with the increased hemoglobin target for males.)
...and the reduced hours in which the blood centers seem to be open...
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Old Sep 6, 16, 9:54 pm
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Originally Posted by JY1024 View Post
I believe they raised the hemoglobin minimum for males back in May of this year. (Females still have to hit 12.5, but males have to hit 13 g/dL now.)

Good luck on Thursday...crossing my fingers for you!

(Chatting with my local blood center, it seems like big jumps in the # of deferments have really taken a toll on the collections this summer. Combination of dozens of countries - and now US counties - on the Zika deferment list, along with the increased hemoglobin target for males.)
I knew about the increase in the hemoglobin minimum for males as my last donation was in June where I was well above the limit but this time, I wasn't even close
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Old Sep 6, 16, 10:34 pm
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Originally Posted by Canarsie View Post
...and the reduced hours in which the blood centers seem to be open...
Ah yes, my center cut back its Friday afternoon/evening hours.

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I knew about the increase in the hemoglobin minimum for males as my last donation was in June where I was well above the limit but this time, I wasn't even close
Well, hope all goes well on Thursday! I'll eat some extra leafy greens and beef in solidarity.
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Old Sep 7, 16, 1:09 pm
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I knew about the increase in the hemoglobin minimum for males as my last donation was in June where I was well above the limit but this time, I wasn't even close
I wasn't aware of a change in the requirement, but my blood bank changed to a new method that doesn't involve pricking a finger, it just attaches to your thumb, like this one: http://www.orsense.com/files/files/N...re-website.pdf

It read about 1 1/2 points higher than any reading I've had in years, and on top of that I was diagnosed as being anemic less than a month afterwards, so it seems wildly optimistic. That should help to greatly reduce the number of people they have to turn away.
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Old Sep 7, 16, 3:20 pm
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I wasn't aware of a change in the requirement, but my blood bank changed to a new method that doesn't involve pricking a finger, it just attaches to your thumb, like this one: http://www.orsense.com/files/files/N...re-website.pdf

It read about 1 1/2 points higher than any reading I've had in years, and on top of that I was diagnosed as being anemic less than a month afterwards, so it seems wildly optimistic. That should help to greatly reduce the number of people they have to turn away.
Cool beans and maybe it will make its way to SF
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Low Iron Detection Reading Detected My Anemia

Earlier this year I was rejected because my iron level didn't meet the minimum. I ended up being diagnosed with anemia. After multiple visits with a hematologist and gastroenterologist (and lots of expensive tests), they couldn't find a cause.

I am now back in low-normal range so they will just monitor and I can start donating again.

My hematologist encouraged me to donate as frequently as I can as he's been looking at studies showing that regular blood donations reduces the risk of heart attacks in males fairly significantly.

I'm going Saturday.
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Old Sep 8, 16, 12:51 am
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I wasn't aware of a change in the requirement, but my blood bank changed to a new method that doesn't involve pricking a finger, it just attaches to your thumb, like this one: http://www.orsense.com/files/files/N...re-website.pdf

It read about 1 1/2 points higher than any reading I've had in years, and on top of that I was diagnosed as being anemic less than a month afterwards, so it seems wildly optimistic. That should help to greatly reduce the number of people they have to turn away.
Ooh - very interesting. And if you don't mind me asking...is this a Red Cross blood center or a private or hospital donation center?
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Old Sep 8, 16, 7:55 am
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Ooh - very interesting. And if you don't mind me asking...is this a Red Cross blood center or a private or hospital donation center?
The local blood bank is called OneBlood (oneblood.org), after recent mergers I think they are the main blood bank in Florida. The Red Cross doesn't collect blood here.
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Talking Success!

Donating blood as we speak

Pint #: 98
BP: 124/77
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Donating blood as we speak

Pint #: 98
BP: 124/77
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Huzzah! Congrats!
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Huzzah! Congrats!
and the weird thing is that when they did the hemoglobin test, it was done first from my left middle finger and read 12.5 but when they tried again on my right middle finger, it read 13.0 where I passed
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Old Sep 8, 16, 11:01 pm
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and the weird thing is that when they did the hemoglobin test, it was done first from my left middle finger and read 12.5 but when they tried again on my right middle finger, it read 13.0 where I passed
Are you right-handed? Does that middle finger get more exercise flipping the bird?

I'm trying to max out my 24 times I can give platelets per year, but I'm a little behind schedule based on where we are in the year. Looks like a lot more needles are in my future.
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and the weird thing is that when they did the hemoglobin test, it was done first from my left middle finger and read 12.5 but when they tried again on my right middle finger, it read 13.0 where I passed
I've had a similar situation where I failed on the first attempt and they tried the other hand and I passed. I have my doubts about whether there was really that much difference between hands or if their measuring equipment had a lack of precision. That was with the old finger prick method, I have even less confidence in the clamp on system.
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and the weird thing is that when they did the hemoglobin test, it was done first from my left middle finger and read 12.5 but when they tried again on my right middle finger, it read 13.0 where I passed
Are you right-handed? Does that middle finger get more exercise flipping the bird? ...
Yes I am right handed and I'm originally from Boston* where as all good drivahs know, the middle fingah is the state bird

*actually Newton but close enough
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