August 16, 2012

New News, Not So Much News

Hi Divas and, of course, my Divos!

I wanted to check in with you to let you know my progress with my Iron Quest!  Yes, Iron Quest is the name of my new adventure.  Instead of making things sound dreary, we'll dress it up and give it a great name -- "Iron Quest"!

Well, Iron Quest makes me feel sleepy and I have been having headaches.  All of which have been noted as side effects of the transfusions.  I think I mentioned earlier that my hemotologist said the bone marrow in my body may not grab the iron for a couple of weeks to get it working.  Until that time, I am taking an iron supplement and eating lots of iron enriched foods like Kale.  I had some sauteed Kale just the other day.  It was yummy!  Nom, nom...

Today, I decided it was going to be about me so I went and had a massage, facial, and a mani/pedi.  Never before have I pampered myself like this, and this will not be the last time that I do this for myself.  Today, I affirm that I make myself happy. 

The massage was good, but boy am I sore.  The masseuse said I was very tense which I can attribute to stress and anxiety.   Massages should feel good, but you know you have too much going on with stress if the pressure of the massage hurts the muscles.  I decided I was going to have a massage every two weeks for the next couple of months to see if I can get the kinks worked out.

I have two more sessions in Iron Quest, one tomorrow and the last one on Monday.  I took a leave of absence from work in order to have all of these procedures done, and to afford the time to be able to get through Iron Quest.  I felt it was entirely too stressful, to try and work, endure all of the procedures, appointments, and transfusions, so I felt like I needed some time off in which to do these things.  The doctor concurred, so here I am.  After my last Iron fix on Monday, I will probably have labs done again to check my hemoglobin, and then some follow up a few weeks later to check to see how I feel.

I will be following up with the Bariatric Surgeon as well to discuss my progress and prognosis.  There are still some other appointments I need to make like with the Gynecologist so I can get checked out under the hood, and then a good physical.  I do think I am going to change my primary care doctor though, since he wasn't responsible enough to coordinate my care for this entire ordeal.  His office assistant called me with my results, and told me to "get to a GI doctor".  WTF???  And when I asked to speak with the doctor, he wouldn't speak with me.  Time for a change of venues, doctors, nurses, etc.  If the doctor is to inept to care about my overall care, then time to move on to someone who does.  My advice to all of you is to find a doctor who will work closely with your surgeon regarding your pre-op and post-op care.  It's very important so don't shirk your responsibility in scouting out the doctors who do work together.  Ask a million questions, too because ultimately you are paying a hefty price for this surgery and your health is in the ballast.

I'll chat with all of you some time this weekend.  I haven't seen any comments from anyone and would enjoy your feedback if you are enjoying what I am saying or if you are getting much from this.  If I can help one other person, it makes all of this worthwhile.  Please leave a comment.


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