I have been on HRT for many years, and all those years continued to regularly donate blood. I took a few years off GH, but been back on for a while and have donated blood while on it no problems. Today I was rejected for a 102 pulse (limit is 100), and it irritates me as I think she was a rookie. she took it, said it was 102 so said we will try again after the finger prick which isn’t pleasant, takes my pulse immediately and its 102 again so sends me packing. She also took my BP with the regular sized cuff after I asked her for the XL, saying they always use the XL on me or I get a higher reading. I made it under the BP limits but was close and she insisted on just using the regular cuff size saying it did not matter (I’ve had it done back to back with two different cuff sizes and it DOES matter). Also it was the first time I was doing to do double RBC donation because they’ve been nagging me to do it, and I was really nervous. I get anxious anytime I donate blood or get an IV of any sort.
Just to be safe though I want to make sure I am not neglecting any health concerns. I am coming off of a few rough years of medical issues where I did continue to lift moderately, but basically had to drop cardio and intervals for the most part. I am recently trying to get back into shape focusing on intervals, steady state, and lifting with less rest periods to try to prioritize my heart and brain health. To do this I did a bunch of pre-tests with HR monitor, so in a few months I can retest drills to see if I am improving with my HR max and ave. My resting HR is an awful 87, with 20 minutes of meditation I can get it down to 79-80, but even in my 20s I had a higher pulse when in peak shape, and there is high BP in my family. But today for it to be 102 bothers me, and yea mainly because I have to reschedule to donate blood and make the trip etc.
Would lowering my T dose prior to the next attempt help? Skip my next dose and then try? Cut out my HGH injections for a few days prior? If my resting HR is 87 right now on a good day, that gives me very little wiggle room for their limit of 100 to donate, and I hate needles in my arms so naturally am amped up anytime I go hah. Any tricks for the day off to drop my BP and resting HR?