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Thursday, March 26, 2020

Today I ventured out to get groceries for myself, and another bagful for work.

This afternoon I went to donate blood, but couldn't donate as my haemoglobin was under the required level (115 instead of 125). I checked - and 115 is the bottom of the normal range for women, but too low for the blood donation. I was disappointed.

Then I had to stand in an outside queue at the pharmacy to deliver a medication order for work. Thank goodness the sun was shining - because all the queuing is going on outdoors.

All the small stores in town are serving customers from a table set up across the doorway.

This afternoon, I decided on some craft-work - nothing too taxing, but I made a few cards. I had visions of making some kind of pop-up, but decided it was too complicated for me at the moment!

At 20.00 hrs we are all (UK nation) going to applaud our health workers.
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    Regarding your low hemoglobin, I had an experience with this. I used to give blood 2 or 3 times a year, personally motivated because my sister had bone marrow failure for 8 years and needed a blood transfusion every 2 weeks to keep her hemoglobin above 80. I didn't have the same blood type as her, but at least I was contributing to the blood donor pool. (My sister had a bone marrow transplant 3 years ago, and now is healthy with a hemoglobin level in the 140s - the healthy range is 125 - 160). One time I got refused to donate because my hemoglobin was 122 and the threshold is 125. I was a bit annoyed, after all, I was a runner, healthy, ate nutritious foods, a healthy body weight ... But I went to the doctor and got bloodwork done and it came out that even though my hemoglobin was only slightly below, my ferritin levels were crazy low, below 10 and should be 50 or more. Ferratin is the back-up store of iron for hemoglobin. My doctor put me on iron supplements and I stopped donating blood for a few years. It took about 6 months for my ferritin levels to recover and I continued the iron supplements for another 3 months and now I am fine.

    From the internet
    My iron level is normal, but my ferritin level is low. Why is that?

    The development of iron deficiency anemia is a gradual process. If your body is not taking in enough iron, your body first uses the iron that is stored in tissues (i.e., ferritin) and blood levels of ferritin will begin to decrease. If not corrected, the stored iron begins to be depleted as it is used in the production of red blood cells. In the early stages of iron-deficiency, blood levels of iron can be normal while stored iron, and therefore ferritin levels, will begin to decrease.

    A result of low ferritin is strong evidence of an iron deficiency. The body requires iron to make hemoglobin, which is a protein in red blood cells that transfers oxygen from the lungs around the body. Without enough iron, a person may develop anemia.

    56 days ago
  • -POOKIE-
    57 days ago
    "All the small stores in town are serving customers from a table set up across the doorway." - That is awesome! What a great idea! They (retail businesses) are shutting down the stores here and promoting online shopping instead. I like what the small stores are doing in your town to keep themselves afloat, and keep your town supplied. Not everyone has access to online shopping - this idea you have blogged about provides for all - well done to your town!!
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    Love your craft work cards, very seasonal.
    60 days ago
    My nearest town is having a bagpipe concert this evening, I may be able to enjoy it from my hilltop position if they play loudly enough. Another town had a cowbell concert two nights ago.
    Love the looks of your cards!
    60 days ago
    We clap here in France every night too. It important to thank the health workers and brings the community together too...
    60 days ago
    :The health care workers deserve our gratitude.
    61 days ago
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    Awesome! Way to go!
    61 days ago
    Our stores are closed. Most of the resturants are offering take out only. No open diningrooms, etc.
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    When bringing groceries into the house make sure you do as this doctor suggests
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    The small store activity is great. Much better than our grocery stores here.
    Stay safe. emoticon
    61 days ago
    “ All the small stores in town are serving customers from a table set up across the doorway.“. Brilliant!
    61 days ago
  • COOP9002
    61 days ago
    What a very good idea.
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