Well, I was supposed to give my second unit of blood yesterday. I got all pscyhed up for it, had a good breakfast, even loaded up my IPod shuffle thinking some music might help me relax. We got through all the paperwork, then started on the physical screening. Everything went fine until she did the hemaglobin check. Normal is somewhere north of 12.0. Mine was 12.2 last time, it was 10.6 this time. I guess I hadn’t recovered since the last time I gave blood. They let you autodonate if the value is 11.0 or above, but I didn’t make the cut. So now I’m scheduled to try again on Friday, August 8. My pre-op physical is on August 7, and I don’t want to take a chance of showing up anemic for that, so I have to wait. I just wish I could have gotten it done and over with yesterday. If I can’t donate on 8/8, I’m basically screwed because I’m then within the time limit before surgery. Keep your fingers crossed.
I did find out from my friends who have had hip replacement surgery that they generally give your blood back to you, even if you don’t need it in surgery. My friend Joan said she was feeling very low after her surgery until they returned her blood back and that made her feel better almost immediately. At least they just don’t throw it out.
That’s all I know. I’m now on a quest to pump up the old red blood cells. I’m already on iron and folic acid, and I take a B vitamin supplement so my B12 levels are okay. Not sure what else to do.
Thanks for checking in.