I went to the Blood Bank one morning last week to give blood for a sick friend. I have given blood many times in the past. On this occasion I was told I could not give blood because when a drop of my blood was placed into an open container with a blue solution it floated. The woman (there was no indication that she was a nurse or a medical professional) told me my iron count was too low. The drop of blood was supposed to sink, she said.
As I had already set aside the time to give blood and had some extra time, I went straight to a private medical laboratory and paid $200 to do a blood iron test and a complete blood count (CBC). I did not eat or drink anything after leaving the Blood Bank.