August 10, 2012

I'm Not Popeye, But I Have Lots of Iron in Me!

I had my first of five iron transfusions today.  I tell you it was an interesting experience since when you get infused at an oncologist's office, you're there in a room with many other people whose outlook are more grave than yours.  I am so grateful that I have this chance to turn my health around.

My experience began this morning with being hooked up to an IV where a bag of iron was hung on the infuser.  It didn't take the nurse too long to find a good vein either.  This was a great thing because I had just explained to her how hard it was to find my veins and how much of a wuss I am.  We were both glad to land on that huge, whopper vein in the fold of my arm... although she was eying one in my hand.  I had to tell her THAT wasn't happening.  I'm tired of the whole human pin cushion thing this week, but I digress.

The liquid hung on the infuser was as brown as chocolate and I wish I could tell you that it tasted as as luscious as deep, dark chocolate, but alas, the iron was unflavored to my knowledge.  So drip, drip, drip went the iron, and I sat quietly, ignoring the process, lost in my own space.

The iron drip lasted about 30 minutes, during which time, I played on my iPad, reading my mail, and watching new makeup videos from my favorite YouTube makeup gurus.  Shout out to Namaisa Hunswijk from Holland!  She's one of my favorite YouTube gurus because she knows her stuff and keeps it real.

The alarm sounded, another nurse hurried back over to me, unhooked me, bandaged me up, and I was on my way home.  She gave me a few disclaimers and symptoms of the iron, headache, and maybe allergic reaction, and said that my bone marrow may take two weeks to grab the iron and start producing more on its own.  Until then I would continue to feel tired.  When I left the doctor's office, I really did start to feel tired and quite flush a few hours later. I rested the remainder of the day and just kind of chilled out with my daughter.

I'll be sure to update you more this coming week.  I still have five more days of iron therapy.  Let me some good thoughts and feedback.  Smooches!

August 9, 2012

Labs Tests to Have via Vitagarten

Check your labs!
Check out WLS Vitagarten for the full list of all of the labs you need to have done after your weightloss surgery.  Don't overlook this stuff.  Your health is too important to shirk this important step!

Atlanta WLS Diva Medical Alert!
So my last post, I asked all of you when you last had your blood drawn.  Blood tests should be a part of the standard routine for any post WLS patient, and I know this.  I guess I thought that if I felt okay then I would BE okay.  Things didn't work out in quite that manner.

I developed Bronchitis about two weeks ago and since I had yet to have any blood work done after my 2010 surgery, I figured I'd have the Bariatric work up to include iron, protein, B-12, calcium, etc.  my doctor said I should get I letter in a couple of days. What I got was a phone call that quickly hurled me into oncoming traffic without anti-lock brakes, seat belt, helmet, or any other safety device.

Two days after my blood work, I got a call from the doctor's nurse saying my "level's" were low and that I needed to "get ME to a GI doctor right away!" So I went to my Bariatric surgeon who took one look at my hemoglobin, and told me I had to have a blood transfusion !  All I did was just shake my head in disbelief.  I found myself checked-into the hospital within the hour where I received 4 units of blood.

You see, the average hemoglobin   is 12--  mine was 5.2. I really let myself get very unhealthy by not taking care of and paying attention to my health. I choose to be healthy, so it is up to me and my team of doctors to get me back on track to health and continued wholeness.

I am going through some procedures now to determine why I am so anemic, but I will continue to post my progress for all of you.  Meanwhile, I am taking iron and will receive several rounds of transfused iron, as well.  

Stay tuned and leave me some well wishes and positive feedback!


Atlanta WLS Diva