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Old 04-26-2007, 08:29 PM   #1
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I guess I was sicker than I thought. As you all know, I've been having some health issues recently.

Well, Sunday morning I got a call from my doctor's office. His nurse, a long-time friend of mine, was doing some catch-up work, and found some of my recent labwork in a pile on the doctor's desk. She said my blood count was low, and I needed to see DR immediately. I managed to put her off until first thing Tuesday morning.
When I went in Tuesday, they took a bunch of blood (four viles!) and the doctor started talking about scoping my various orifaces.
Yesterday morning, the office called, and said the doctor wanted me in the hospital, right away. I had to go in and argue with Doc, but Kim went with me, and the two of them ganged up on me. My blood count was down to 7.1 out of 12. I had to get 2 pints of blood.
He promised me that as soon as I'd gotten the blood and checked out OK, I could go home.

Little did I know. First, they have to type your blood...even if you know what it is. I understand that, though. So they bragged on my good veins, and put a main line in my hand. The male RN (John) who did it apologized for the size 18 needle, but I told him needles didn't bother me, and he was good. Cute butt, too. They said it would take about an hour.
I have a fairly rare blood type (A negative), and they didn't have any to match, so they had to get some from a blood bank that's about a 30 minute drive from here. That took over 4 hours. John explained that there are all kinds of checks and double checks on blood because of hepatititus, etc.
When he opened it up, there had to be two of them, checking and signing stuff.
I did not realized that it takes at least 4 hours to take a pint of blood. I was finally done at 3:30 in the morning.

I called Kim at 4:00 AM and told him to come get me "right now! I am claustrophic, and was really getting buggy. He told me I couldn't leave without being released by the doctor or the insurance wouldn't pay, and that I should go lock myself in the bathroom and have a cigarette. So I did. They came in and took more blood an hour later, and they'd gotten me up to 9.7.
I was finally released about 9:30 AM, and am I ever glad to be home!

It was all worthwhile, though. Come to find out, they think the 6-8 aspirin that I've been taking every day for the last 5 years have been messing with my iron level and possibly my stomach. It's also what was causing the dizziness, headaches and weakness, and may have even had a large part to do with my seizures. I started getting my head back just an hour or so after the blood started going in, and haven't had a hint of seizure. I was having 3-4 or more every day.
I have to quit the aspirin, of course, and take either Tylenol or a stronger pain medication (Tramadol, 50 mg) he gave me, plus iron pills 3 times a day, amd get my blood checked once a week for a while.
They are taking so much blood, it's no wonder I''m anemic. They must have taken a pint in about 3 days!


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Old 04-26-2007, 08:48 PM   #2
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Oh jeez Constance. I feel for ya. I had 5 vials of blood taken from me about 2 weeks ago. Everything was okay with me. Except my triglycerides were pretty high. Sounds like you had some pretty long days there. Hope you're
feeling better after all that chaos.

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Old 04-26-2007, 08:51 PM   #3
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thank heaven you got this done sweetie. Anemia is nothing to fool with. Believe me I know..I take a med for diabetes that causes me to be anemic..Before they discovered it my blood count was down to 6 and I spent most of my time dozing and wondering why it was so hard to walk or even chop parsley..I take 3 iron caps per day every day and have for over 6 years now..I do have to take an 81mg. aspirin per day but that is working fine..Take those caps or tabs Connie, your blood count will come up and you will feel so much better. Believe me things look so much better to me know, I'd never not take my meds...I've been worried about you and this makes me feel so much better.. You give Kim a big hug for me and tell him I said thank you for taking such great care of you. Just make sure to put some food in your tummy before the iron..It can cause a cranky tummy.

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Old 04-27-2007, 05:34 AM   #4
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Easily done Connie!! We will be extra nice. So glad to hear some of your symptons have resolved, like the seizure activity.

hmmmm, I take 6, 325 mg of aspirin daily for garden variety arthritis.
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Old 04-27-2007, 10:57 AM   #5
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Hope that all works out for you, Constance. We took our daugher to the emergency room when she was about 14 and she was covered in bruises. come to find out it was due to the aspirin that she was taking for menstrual cramps--2 pills. The doctor informed me that if they were to invent aspirin today that it would be a prescription drug---there are so many side effects and it interferes with other medications as well. 7-8 a day might be too much for your system. Hope that all resolves itself and that you take care.
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Old 04-27-2007, 10:58 AM   #6
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Glad you are on the up and up Constance! We've missed you around here.
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Old 04-27-2007, 11:02 AM   #7
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WOW - I bet you feel sooooo much better. Being low on blood isn't a good feeling. I'm so glad you were ganged up on - good for them!!!!! Cheers to being on the mend Connie!

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Old 04-27-2007, 11:24 AM   #8
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Thank goodness they got to the root of it quickly! Those seizures were worrying! Take care!
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Old 04-27-2007, 12:02 PM   #9
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Thank you all! I do feel better.

Beth, I take a LOT of other medications as well, so it might have to do with the combination of all those drugs. I just found out yesterday, though, that NSAIDS in general will mess with your iron level, so you should keep an eye on that.
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Old 04-27-2007, 12:08 PM   #10
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(((Constance))) I'm glad to see you're feeling better with a full tank!!!!Please take care of yourself-you're the only you we have!!!!Love and energy, Vicki

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