Every 56 days, I donate blood. I have done it 7 times now. Earlier this week, it was time for my scheduled appointment and upon having my blood tested, it came back low. We tested again and it only went up two points. The minimum standards for donating blood in Canada is 125 and I showed 117 and 119.
Even though the nurse feels the reasons why are more than likely because of my donating regularly, I can’t help but be a little unsettled.
About 10% of people who attempt to donate are deferred because of a low blood count.1 This is actually one of the most common reasons for being deferred from donating blood.2
A low blood count can also be called anemia, and how you’ll need to treat it depends on what is causing it.
A low blood count and any anemia symptoms should be taken seriously because they may be the first indications you may have an iron or vitamin deficiency, a chronic illness or another invisible cause. It is important to talk with your doctor about changes in your health – to understand which problems can be treated and to discuss your treatment options. With your help, a doctor may identify a specific condition that is causing your low blood count and help get you back to donating blood again soon.
excerpt from http://anemia.org/patients/blood-donation/
I am scheduled to see my family doctor tomorrow morning.