I had my hematologist appointment this morning at 10am. They said to get there early so I arrived around 9:45am. I didn’t leave until 11:50am. Holy crap, they’re slow! The doctor’s nurse and the doctor himself were both very nice. The nurse even gave me a hug and wished me well with my surgery. But the wait times are just unbelievable!
The good news: they did a CBC today and my hemoglobin was 11.2 so it was actually higher than at my physical last month. No issues with surgery and they gave me a clearance even so another hurdle overcome! (Normal is 12 so it’s still a little low overall and my stored iron – “ferritin” – is still low so that means my body has a limited supply to replenish my red blood cells.)
They also did more extensive labs that I’ll get back later. The doctor said to have surgery and come back in a few weeks and get some more bloodwork and we’ll get me set up on an iron IV cycle. He does it 1x/week for 6 weeks. He thinks that with my hysterectomy and no further periods ever, this “loading” of iron in my system will probably hold me indefinitely. I agree. The last time I had iron it was like 8 years ago or more now and that held for this long even with periods, so without any periods, I should be good.
My follow-up is October 25th at 2:45pm.
5 days and counting and so far, so good! Next up, Monday morning gyno for pre-op, final ultrasound and then Monday afternoon with the hospital.