I’ve donated blood since I was in high school.

The last time I tried I was turned away due to a hematocrit of 37 (minimum 38 to donate).

Today my hematocrit was 31.  And that was after three tries to get the machine to read my blood sample.

I think it’s more likely a nutritional deficit, so I’m going to work on increasing protein intake and add iron supplements over the next few weeks.

A third strike and I’ll make a doctor’s appointment.

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