My husband thinks I'm nuts for worrying about this, but I can't donate blood any more. I just stop bleeding. I used to bruise if you look at me sideways, but that stopped 6 or 7 years ago...about the same time I stopped being able to donate blood. During a trip to the ER a few years ago, they took blood 3x, each time it clotted before it got to the lab.
I guess this is coming to the forefront now because I just tried to donate for the first time in years & still having the same problem. I'm only a couple years from where my mom was when she had her TIA's. Funny "brain buzzes" I've been having resulted in an MRI which shows a vascular lesion in my brain. When doing research online (not a lot for people who clot too fast), I found that the polycystic ovarian syndrom that I have is associated with Factor V & Factor VIII clotting issues. I have had high blood pressure for a good 15 years or so, at times the bottom number getting up to 130 even on meds. Now it seems to be more under control - mostly due to weight loss.
Question is: is my husband right that I shouldn't worry about this, should I insist on blood work or just take baby asprin or something to set my mind at ease?