Thank you for writing in today. I want to provide you with the best possible information, so I do have a few questions. I hope you understand. First of all, just to clarify---did they check your hemoglobin and hematocrit or was it specifically your iron? Usually, a hemoglobin and/or hematocrit is checked when people are donating blood, but this does not mean that checking iron is out of the question. I just want to clarify. Also, do you know the exact result? Do you have any history of this type of problem in the past? Any respiratory disorders that you may not have mentioned? Do you live in a high altitude area? Any history of liver problems or past alcohol use (you mention that you do not drink now)? Any family members with a history of similar problem? Please let me know. Lisa
The paper they gave me only says: Hgb (Hemoglobin): H.H.H.
In the past when giving blood, on a few occassions, they said my Hgb was borderline high and told me it was nothing to worry about. Today, they seemed to focus on it alot.
I do not have any respiratory disorders.
I live in Chattanooga, TN (not a high altitude area).
I do not have a history of liver problems.
I consumed alcohol in college (weekend social drinking at frat house), but have not drank since I graduated (1982).
No family members with similar problems.