I’m in some trouble guys. I’m a Canadian that’s been on TRT (injections) for just under 5 months now, with mixed results, but confident I’ll get it worked out. When it works it’s great. But I’ve run into a problem. I went to see an anti-aging doc who knows a bit more about this stuff than my family doctor. I went with the hope that he’d help me with HCG, but he dropped a real bombshell.
He looked at my recent bloodwork, and said my Hematocrit at .51, my hemoglobin at 169 (135-170) and my Red Blood Cells at 5.81 (4.2-5.7) would prevent him from prescribing to me the test e that I need! Then he said, it’s no big problem, I can just go donate blood. So far, so good. BUT I had a heart bypass last year (went really well) and here in Canada you can never donate blood at the Canadian Blood Services if you’ve had a bypass. So, I said, “I’ll get a therapeutic phlebotomy, that works doesn’t it?” Then he said he can’t order that for me only a hemotologist can do so. And he said, in his experience, the hemotologists in Canada (and probably lots in the US too) will not prescribe a phlebotomy for TRT, they only prescribe a phlebotomy to combat a disease issue, not a “medicine induced issue”. They would send my doc a note saying that I shouldn’t be taking Testosterone! And he’ll be bound by that note and won’t be able to prescribe me anything, or risk his licence.
Is that a crock or what? My testosterone was legitimately low, yet a hemotologist would take away something that gives me renewed life, since HE thinks my quality of life would be better without testosterone? HE doesn’t care at all, he’s just following some outdated protocol that treats all test users like steroid abusers. Talk about discrimination . . .
So what options do I have? Well, I could stop the TRT altogether, hope my balls will come back, and get used to living like a monk. I could cut back on the dose, but I’m only taking about 80 mgs per week, and the Hematocrit seems to slowly creep up anyway. I could take a course in phlebotomy and do it myself (not kidding). Or maybe, I could cross the border, about 70 miles away, and donate blood in the US - I understand the American Red Cross will allow you to donate 6 months after a heart bypass, but I don’t know if they’ll allow a Canadian to do that, and I don’t know if they’ll allow the high RBC, Hematocrit and Hemoglobin mentioned above. What to do???