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3 hours ago, Cape_Horn said:

11 isn't 'too' bad (female rates are supposed to be 15-150)
Males should be 30-300
Mine sat on 7 for 2 months without supplementation (And the doc wasn't considering infusions, although the gasto specialist nearly enforced it)

The reference range on the report is 30-300. I'm thinking I might forgo the infusion and just supplement the diet plus skip a few months of donations and see how it looks after that. Eating better generally wouldn't kill me either. And after thinking about it we realised we probably don't eat as much iron rich foods as we should and we can make changes easily.

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Your other option is 
https://www.goodpricepharmacy.com.au/ferro-grad-c-30-tablets

(Sorry about the buy link, but 90% of chemists will have this brand, at about the same cost)
These seem to work, also remember that iron is more readily absorbed if you have VitC with it, so if you do want to just make dietary changes, you also need to increase your VitC intake as well. 

Warning, if you do go down the iron supplementation route, you have a very high probability that you will end up with some form of constipation :(   

(EDIT: Forgot to say - I am not a health professional, just some random on the internet, and anything I write must be taken with a grain of salt, and you should always see a real health professional, this info is just what I have found, as well as info that has been passed on to me by a number of health professionals, as well as other peoples anecdotes) 

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2 hours ago, Cape_Horn said:

Your other option is 
https://www.goodpricepharmacy.com.au/ferro-grad-c-30-tablets

(Sorry about the buy link, but 90% of chemists will have this brand, at about the same cost)
These seem to work, also remember that iron is more readily absorbed if you have VitC with it, so if you do want to just make dietary changes, you also need to increase your VitC intake as well. 

Warning, if you do go down the iron supplementation route, you have a very high probability that you will end up with some form of constipation :(   

(EDIT: Forgot to say - I am not a health professional, just some random on the internet, and anything I write must be taken with a grain of salt, and you should always see a real health professional, this info is just what I have found, as well as info that has been passed on to me by a number of health professionals, as well as other peoples anecdotes) 

Already on the ferro grad supplement. Started taking it as soon as I saw the result. But thanks for the link. 

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I went in to the Brisbane office yesterday. It'll be my last before the silly season now. I can give Plasma straight after coming back from India apparently.

They have a new system for the questionnaire, where it's done on a tablet rather than paper. It still has a few teething problems, but I think it will be quicker in the long run, and use less paper. And the high point of the morning was being the very first donor that a new young nurse got to stab. She did a good job too. No pain.

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Heading to the Goldie for a few weeks over Chrissy so trying to rally up an excursion to the blood bank with fellow campers. 🤞

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I was in Sydney a couple of weeks ago and simply changed my regular appointment to the Nepean centre. Easy peasy!

Good on you for arranging something whilst you are away!

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