Saturday, December 20, 2008


I couldn't give blood today because my hemoglobin was 11.6. I let them poke me again, you know, in case it was a fluke or something, but it only got lower.

Jason is excited about this because it means more beef for dinner. The guy at Red Cross said it means Jason has to take me out for steak dinner. I like that idea except I hate steak. Apparently the spinach and lentils aren't enough though. Or maybe I'm just bleeding internally. Ha. Ha. Ha.


Anonymous said...

I wonder if you should give blood so often after being a new Mom..!! I was told not to give blood for a couple of years after my hip surgery as I needed two pints after that surgery to get my strength back. Of course I am a bit older than you !!!!
That is why you are so tired too.. Eat meat..
Grandma Char.

Jo Beaufoix said...

Hon I don't eat meat either. Have they tried you on iron tablets?? I'm sure they will have but I can't think of anything else. Take care.

Anonymous said...

Beets, raisins, blackstrap molasses, pumpkin seeds, and surprisingly (to me), tofu is a really good source of iron. Oh, and kale or chard. Mmmm....

I think orange juice, or anything with C, is supposed to help you absorb it.

I was so anemic (hemoglobin was under 8) after Henry was born and I found that the iron pills only made my energy worse, so I mainly ate my way back to non-anemia. I tried this liquid supplement and it was ok:

But I really liked these pills:

Hema-plex... I don't know why they work so well, but they do. Oh Hema-plex!
They didn't bother me at all.

Woman in a Window said...

Don't you hate it when they don't want your blood! I've been banned for two years. I've a window now. I should jump through it and make them take my me!