Bloodwork Results

Posted by miss m on Friday, September 9, 2011 @ 12:23pm in General Blather, Hysterectomy, Sickness and Health Issues |

Alright so I just got back from the primary doctor. Today was my follow-up for the physical two weeks ago and to get the bloodwork results as well.

First, blood pressure: 110/60! Holy crap that’s awesome. Hasn’t been this low in a long time. My bp meds are clearly working!!

Second, everything basically was pretty good. My cholesterol is fine, my thyroid panel was good, my kidneys and liver are fine. For a girl full of tumors, I’m pretty healthy.

The only bad news: I’m anemic again. My hemoglobin was 10.5 and should be about 12. I also had them do a ferritin level (this is the stored iron in your body) and it was 7 and should be a minimum of 13.

Very long time readers might remember my battles with anemia. I don’t absorb iron properly. And I can’t take iron supplements as they make me violently ill. This led to years of chronic anemia. (Exasperated by my very heavy periods.) I got on the Pill and found a hematologist who gave iron via IV. (I had it 5 times a week for 3 weeks.) That basically “cured” the problem. It was a like a car without gas and now I had a full tank. He warned me though, that because of my absorption issues, I would probably eventually run through the stores. Could be a year, could be ten. Well, looks like I’m starting to use up my supply again. So they gave me a referral for a hematologist to follow-up with and see if we can’t do the same thing again as last time.

I’ve called the hematologist office and they will call me back to schedule an appointment when they get the records. Hopefully, I can get that going quickly. But it depends on when my surgery winds up being. (Which NO, I still haven’t heard back.)

I also got a flu shot today. My first actually. It made sense because I have upcoming surgery and I’m in-and-out of a lot of doctor’s offices right now and the LAST thing I need is the flu with surgery. Right now, my damned arm aches. Holy crap. Hopefully that’s the extent of the side effects.

Here’s the lab results for anyone interested. Click for larger.

So, all-in-all not bad.

Waiting to hear back on surgery. And waiting to hear back for anemia. But as of right now, that’s all my current and outstanding doctor’s appointments.

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