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Old 07-29-2014, 05:47 PM   #20571
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The doctor just came by and has ordered more blood work in 2 hours. if it is up I go home if it's down I go back into surgery. He thinks it will be okay.
Is this for hemoglobin/hematocrit? How can it go up without treatment? And how can surgery help? Does the doctor suspect internal bleeding?
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Old 07-29-2014, 05:53 PM   #20572
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I decided to get started on my grocery list. It doesn't look like my feuding store is going to be in operation for my regular monthly shopping spree. So the store that would be next in line, their new circular doesn't start until after the first of the month. And the other store has prices so much higher. I was looking at their circular and what they had on sale, had only two products I would even consider buying. Their circular runs from the 31st and ends on August 7th. I am not happy. I will have to learn a whole new store, maybe two, and not save as much as I would at my feuding store. I gave up with the grocery list.

Today I had to go to my first choice store and went by some of the area that got hit by the tornado. I didn't realize just how close to my building it had done damage. Very unnerving. At first they said it was an EF1. They upgraded it to an EF2.
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Old 07-29-2014, 06:03 PM   #20573
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Is this for hemoglobin/hematocrit? How can it go up without treatment? And how can surgery help? Does the doctor suspect internal bleeding?
Ditto what GG said. Didn't you ask questions? And why more surgery? Wouldn't they be willing to try a blood transfusion instead of surgery? I would think twice and want more information before I would let them do another surgery on me. What did they get wrong that they have to correct with another surgery? Surgery should never be taken lightly. Just because you are up and on your feet, doesn't mean an appendectomy is not a serious surgery. Any invasive procedure in an insult to your body. Even if it saves your life.
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Is this for hemoglobin/hematocrit? How can it go up without treatment? And how can surgery help? Does the doctor suspect internal bleeding?
yes it is hemoglobin. It went up from 99 at 9 am to 108 at 4 pm. If it was down again he was going to go in and look for bleeding. They will give me an iron shot before I leave. The nurse is checking with the doctor to make sure I can leave.

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Ditto what GG said. Didn't you ask questions? And why more surgery? Wouldn't they be willing to try a blood transfusion instead of surgery? I would think twice and want more information before I would let them do another surgery on me. What did they get wrong that they have to correct with another surgery? Surgery should never be taken lightly. Just because you are up and on your feet, doesn't mean an appendectomy is not a serious surgery. Any invasive procedure in an insult to your body. Even if it saves your life.
Addie, I am very proactive with my healthcare. it is just hard to write everything here specially on a phone. it is all under control and I will not be getting a transfusion or surgery. I am going home soon.


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Addie, I am very proactive with my healthcare. it is just hard to write everything here specially on a phone. it is all under control and I will not be getting a transfusion or surgery. I am going home soon.


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An update on Poo

Poo is now home. He called me to let me know. He is doing four things. Going to the bathroom, making sure he has plenty to drink, taking his meds and giving himself the prescribed injections of antibiotics, and resting. His friends have been taking turns doing his laundry, bringing him food and running any errands he might need done.

He told me when his boss, the head doctor of the hospital where he works got word that he was down in New Jersey and ready to come home, he pulled out his checkbook, wrote a check and sent three of his co-workers down with enough money to pay for the gas for their car down and back and for Poo car along with any other expenses that may arise such as food. One of the guys drove his car back for him. Poo was in the other car. The two friends in that car took turns driving, while the other one was in the back seat with him to make sure to keep an eye on him. It was that long drive back that created the conditions for the blood clot to form on top of the pneumonia. The next night after he got home, he felt a horrible pain in his back and knew right away that something bad had happened and something was terribly wrong. He got into his car and drove himself to the hospital. It was only 15 minutes away. To call for an ambulance, wait for it and then get him loaded and then the drive to the hospital, it would have been at least 25-30 minutes.

So he is on a blood thinner, and antibiotics for the pneumonia. He will see his pulmonary doctor and the blood doctor in one week. It will be several weeks before he can even consider going back to work. And he has sent notices to all the little side work he was doing at a lot of the small hospitals in his area. He has always done a lot of voluntary work. That will have to stop. He ran himself into the ground.

The day before Thanksgiving, he was all set for a family dinner. His wife told him that she wanted a separation. He left the house that night. Ended up having Thanksgiving with his friends in Vermont. During this crisis, he called his wife to let her know what happened and to talk to his son who is five. He has been taking him every weekend and sometimes even longer since all this crap fell down on him. He wanted to let him know why Daddy couldn't take him for a while. His wonderful wife, never once asked him how he was doing every time he called to talk to his son. All she wanted to know was "when are you going to send any money?" Nice wife. I had hopes that with counseling, that they might be able to repair their marriage. I hate to see anyone's marriage fail. Her parents are furious with her. She wants to get back together, but on her terms. After this with her attitude, it "ain't goin' to happen!"

So there it is. I feel much better, except for the miserable news regarding his marriage.
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yes it is hemoglobin. It went up from 99 at 9 am to 108 at 4 pm. If it was down again he was going to go in and look for bleeding. They will give me an iron shot before I leave. The nurse is checking with the doctor to make sure I can leave.
Do you mean ferritin? Hemoglobin doesn't require iron and I don't think the measurement goes up that high.

I'm glad to hear you're going home soon :-) The hospital is no fun, that's for sure.
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Do you mean ferritin? Hemoglobin doesn't require iron and I don't think the measurement goes up that high.

I'm glad to hear you're going home soon :-) The hospital is no fun, that's for sure.
I am not sure - the surgeon talks so fast. But all I know is whatever he was looking for went up and I got to go home. I didn't have a shot, a transfusion or surgery. I left about 5:30 and got home at 6:30.

The reasoning behind a possible second surgery was that there was extra bleeding during the first and he was worried it was seeping. But my vitals were fine and I was feeling great. He was just being extra cautious, which, after some of my other experiences was refreshing.

Well, I think I will cuddle with my fur kids and go to bed. Night all. I am glad this experience is all over.
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