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The Bloodmobile showed up in our parking lot today, I could see it from my window, so I decided to run out during my lunch break to give blood. I wasn’t expecting a Bloody Bloodmobile Injection, so I hadn’t been drinking water and was loaded up on caffeine (strike one). I had just taken Docyxcyline (strike two - although they would have let me donate since it’s not on the bad list). Strike three was low iron. That benched me. Even after the awful Dragoncon experience, I still asked for a second iron test just to be sure the results were accurate as I was borderline (11.3 instead of 12.0). They let me warm my other hand – apparently cold hands drop the number – while they prepped for another prick. This time I scored 11.5, and they said I was out of fingers. We figured out the probable causes (too much caffeine, cold hands, feminine issues), so they said probably next week I could eat some spinach and go down to the main site with no issues. In the meantime, I ran back to my office thinking at least this way I still get to walk during my lunch and keep my normal routine.

That’s when I started trying to type. Not an easy task with bandages on the middle fingers of each hand. It only hurts a little, but my klutz factor has risen exponentially with the limited sensation on the fingertips. Also, I discovered that instead of showing off my bandages and telling a funny story to my coworkers I am actually flicking them off. Twice.


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Jul. 28th, 2010 02:22 am (UTC)
I don't understand....
So what exactly makes you an idiot??

You're dumb for taking Docyxcycline? (No.)
You're dumb for drinking a soda? (No.)
You're dumb for being a girl? (Ummm. No.)
You're dumb for trying to type with bandages on two your fingers because you *really* wanted to do something good that would help people? (Definitely not.)
You're dumb for flicking off your friends? (No, that's kinda brilliant.)

So what's up with the idiot thing??
Jul. 28th, 2010 02:45 am (UTC)
Re: I don't understand....
I agree with Toastr.... but also... maybe you should get yourself checked out. If this isn't the first time you've had low iron you should probably make sure there isn't something wrong.

Just saying.
Jul. 28th, 2010 09:43 am (UTC)
If I had the opportunity to walk around for a day at my last office job with both middle fingers extended, I'd have been so happy.
Jul. 30th, 2010 02:15 am (UTC)
Spinach is not your best answer, no matter what the Popeye cartoons told us. Try meat, beans, or iron fortified cereal with vit C juice.

Oh, and get them to prick your finger on the side, next to the nail, instead of on the tip or pad. That way you can still type.

I think everyone who gives blood is brave and wonderful. I keep trying to overcome my fear, but it hasn't worked so far.
Aug. 2nd, 2010 06:29 am (UTC)
Other foodstuffs
First off, I did not know that caffeine hinders the absorption of iron from foodstuffs. Yet another reason I should decaffeinate. Not going to happen of course but it is nice to learn something new every day!

Anyhoo, a list of foods and their iron content (http://www.pamf.org/patients/IronHandout.html) I found some interesting surprises:
3.5oz of braised beef has 6.75mg of iron
1/2C spinach (cooked) has 3.2mg
1T of Blackstrap Molasses has 3.5mg
and the top of the list:
3.0oz of clams have 23mg!!!

Recommended is 10-15mg per day.
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