Since November, 2005, I've been regularly donating blood at my local blood center. I've been going ever 2-3 months. When the blood center called me last week to schedule an appointment, they told me that this would be a milestone donation: I will have donated my first gallon of blood!
So I went to my scheduled appointment on Friday. For the first time, my iron count was too low (by one point) and I was unable to donate. They told me it was nothing to be concerned about, and that my iron count was perfectly normal, just not high enough to donate. They suggested that I try again this week, so I made another appointment for today, Monday.
Over the weekend, I thought I should prepare my bod better, and tried to eat iron rich foods. Last night, I had half a steak burrito with black beans, and had the other half for lunch today before my appointment.
I felt pretty confident going in today...
..but again, my iron count was too low - 2 points this time.
This is a little frustrating, as I've never not been able to donate before.
I'll make another appointment for next week, and will try again.
Perhaps the 3rd time will be the charm.