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.
Tags: anemia, cbc, complete blood count, doctor's appointments, fundraiser, fundraising, hematologist, hysterectomy, iron deficiency anemia, medical bills, medical fundraiser, trying to raise money for medical bills
:: about ::40 year old Pagan woman who lives in Florida with her guy and two cats, loves Disney, reads fanatically, tinkers in photography and runs her own handcrafted artisan jewelry business.
Inadvertently became the face of Healthcare Reform in America by posting the (in)famous "I am Obamacare" image and sharing the story of her hysterectomy at age 34. Now runs her own small business, PhoenixFire Designs, specalizing in handmade tree of life pendants, full moon tree of life necklaces, family birthstone jewelry, wire wrapped jewelry and more full-time.
Our best friend passed away suddenly March 13, 2010. Five years later, it's still hard. The full story can be read here.
Hysterectomy FundOctober 2013 Update: Happy 2 Year Anniversary!! I'm amazed at how different life is two years later. Though the hardest thing I've ever been through in my life, I've grown so much as a result of having overcome such terrifying and daunting medical issues. In a weird way, I'm better for having experienced these hardships. I'm more sure of myself these days and more confident I can face life's challenges better.
I have tried to turn this medical challenge into an opportunity and using this as a means to push forward with my small jewelry business and as a way to support myself again.
Your continued support is appreciated right now and even links to my shop are appreciated. Thank you to everyone who's helped and spread the word. All of you helped make it possible for me to be here and healthy.
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