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First time for everything...
At least I think that's the first time I've ever been deferred as a blood donor. My blood pressure sounded high (130/90) and my pulse of 118 (!) disqualified me from giving today. The nurse said both could be a sign I'm coming down with something. (Could also be too little sleep, too much caffeine, or having just eaten lunch, I suppose.)

Temp was 97.9, of which I admit some skepticism. My normal is about 99.0, and if I'm coming down with something, I should be a hair higher, not low, right? At least my iron count was good. Little risk of that changing. :-)
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fabunobo From: fabunobo Date: February 5th, 2009 05:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Do you have a blood pressure monitor at home? Perhaps you should keep an eye on it? Just randomly?
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: February 5th, 2009 05:55 pm (UTC) (Link)

Oh, it was much more normal just a couple of weeks ago at Guthrie. I'll try giving blood again next week and we'll see how it looks. I can always use the one at the Rite-Aid, too, when I stop by for vitamins and store-brand loratadine, ibuprofen, and pseudoephedrine.
sandowl From: sandowl Date: February 5th, 2009 05:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Too much sex, you might need to cut back a bit;)
From: sylrayj Date: February 5th, 2009 05:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
My temperature drops when I get sick.
seity1 From: seity1 Date: February 5th, 2009 07:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
"My normal is about 99.0"

I swear my normal is 97.9. If I'm at 99, I've got a fever.
kitchenqueen From: kitchenqueen Date: February 5th, 2009 08:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Bummer. Here's hoping that you don't get sick, and next week's donation goes as planned!
keeyoo From: keeyoo Date: February 5th, 2009 08:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
My normal is about 97. But, yeah. Sometimes your temp can go down before you get sick. I've actually felt my core temperature drop just before it shoots up with fever...

prof_organizer From: prof_organizer Date: February 6th, 2009 02:31 am (UTC) (Link)
FWIW, my normal temp IS normal/average: 98.6. However, a cold or any low-grade virus yields temps between 96.9 and 98.2. Unless I get a serious, my temp never makes it above 99. So, if you are coming down with something (which I hope you aren't), a low temp sounds about right.

If it makes you feel any better, my mom got turned away from giving blood yesterday. I think her hemoglobin levels were a shade too low, and she was pissed, because she'd specifically had steak the night before to punch it up.
From: ddmd Date: February 6th, 2009 06:56 am (UTC) (Link)
a. Normal (Human) body temperature can range between about 96.5 and 99.

b. Medications like loratidine and psuedoephedrine can alter blood pressure

c. Insomnia [trust me, I have personal experience with this lately] can raise blood pressure [my baseline used to be about 115/70, now it's 140/90 - I keep a blood pressure monitor at home now]. Hopefully, afternoon exercise will continue to help me sleep better, and the blood pressure will come down.
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