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    High hemoglobin

    Hi all,

    61 year old
    Got BW back and…….

    Hemoglobin is 18.1 (13.2-17.1)
    Hematocrit is 51.4 (38.5-50)
    MCH is 33.1 (27-33)

    Should I donate whole blood or power reds?

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by ctenosaura View Post
    Hi all,

    61 year old
    Got BW back and…….

    Hemoglobin is 18.1 (13.2-17.1)
    Hematocrit is 51.4 (38.5-50)
    MCH is 33.1 (27-33)

    Should I donate whole blood or power reds?

    Thanks
    Whole blood should do it.

    What is your current protocol? I normally only need to donate when I'm over my trt dose.

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    I’m doing

    60mg 2x a week

    Free T 207
    Total 900
    Estradiol 51
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    Quote Originally Posted by ctenosaura View Post
    I’m doing

    60mg 2x a week

    Free T 207
    Total 900
    Estradiol 51
    Those numbers look pretty good.

    Anyhow, whole blood should do the trick.

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    Thanks man!

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    Does hemoglobin fluctuate? They took it at the blood center and it was 14.8 ����*♂️

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    Quote Originally Posted by ctenosaura View Post
    Does hemoglobin fluctuate? They took it at the blood center and it was 14.8 ����*♂️
    How did they measure at the donation center? With a sensor or did they actually take blood and test that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cylon357 View Post
    How did they measure at the donation center? With a sensor or did they actually take blood and test that?
    Finger stick and a meter. Kind of like using a glucometer but checking Hgb levels
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    Quote Originally Posted by almostgone View Post
    Finger stick and a meter. Kind of like using a glucometer but checking Hgb levels
    That seems less accurate than sending to the lab? That would explain the different readings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cylon357 View Post
    That seems less accurate than sending to the lab? That would explain the different readings.
    Yes sir, it's a quick and dirty. Probably accurate enough for their purposes, but not quite as good as what you get with a CBC. I guess they're mainly screening for anemia because I've never been turned away for high Hgb.

    My wife had a similar experience with her newest glucometer. She checked it with glucometer just before they pulled for serum glucose. She had almost a 20 mg/dL difference between her new glucometer and test strips vs. the glucose from her labs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ctenosaura View Post
    Does hemoglobin fluctuate? They took it at the blood center and it was 14.8 ����*♂️
    Wildly, sometimes pricking your other finger yields a different outcome.

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