Wednesday, June 8, 2011

My Smart Friends, Help Me Out

     Okay, I am just going to put myself out there and probably sound like an ever-loving complete IDIOT, but I have a question.  I just had this surgery and it was my second one in 9 months so I am sure it is harder to bounce back.  On top of it, I had the wonderful BIG 4-0 right smack dab in between them so my body isn't as bouncy as it used to be. (haha)

     Sydney was asking me about donating blood.  She has never done it before and there is an event she will be at soon where she could donate.  I started counting, and I know I am more pale than usual from no sunlight (I have no desire to just sit outside in this heat wave without being able to get in the water), but I am still a little weak too and I just realized how much blood I have had taken in the last month. 

     They took it when I  had my pre op, then the day I thought I was going to have surgery they had already hooked up my IV and taken more, then I went to my primary about my blood sugar and she took more.  Then, I had to do a little more pre op bloodwork and two days later they took more the morning of my surgery.  I  had  vials taken 5 different times over the span of about 3 weeks.  If there were a such thing as vampires, I think I am safe.  I am all but tapped out!

     My question is what is the best way to build myself back up from having all that taken?  I know when you donate, your body replaces it in so many hours, but I don't think the Red Cross will let you donate more than 4 times a year.

     I know iron is good for blood, but other than eating a raw steak or taking iron supplements do any of you have any suggestions?   I know it will take some time to get back to feeling normal and I am doing really well, I just feel a little depleted.  I have a lot of really smart friends out there, can you give me some good ideas?

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