August 17, 2012

Iron Quest Update

Not much going on today other than another iron transfusion. I swear when I have one of those things, I feel like a lead weight fell on my head. I feel two things immediately:  insatiable hunger, and an overwhelming urge to sleep right then and there. So much for energy right now.

The nurse had to use another vein in the opposite arm as she'd been sticking me in much the same spot. The other arm that usually has a monga vein, as I affectionately call it, hurt like I don't know what! I had to bear it though because nursey-kins started eying the veins in my forehand and I wasn't going for that!

So after the IV was set up and flowing, I chatted for a few minutes and then it was time to go.  My husband drove me down and after the transfusion we ran up to Alpharetta for a few minutes.  By the time we'd turned out of the parking lot, I was fast asleep.  I couldn't believe it.  He finished his errand and when we got home, I went straight for the bed.  As soon as I was getting into REM, my mom, who lives with us, opens the door to the bedroom, and I was immediately awakened.  I didn't get back to sleep after that.  That was literally a rude awakening.

She asked me if I was okay because I just came home and went to sleep.  I told her I needed to rest and that she woke me up by opening the door.  She has been doing this every day since I have been home.  Some days, I slept so soundly I didn't hear her enter, other days, she woke me up just as today.  I finally told her never to open my door if I was asleep.  I know this she does on purpose. She is one of those people who spoils everyone's fun if she isn't having fun.  She doesn't understand that I haven't been well.  She never does; she only understands when she is sick and why no one caters to her whims.

Nevertheless, I got out of bed, dressed, and went back out to do some light shopping.  Bought some new undies, and some necklaces as Charming Charlie's was having the "bomb" clearance sale.  I tried to eat something, but I wasn't hungry.  I settled for a cup of iced coffee and made my way back home after a long drive.  I found some cute things that will be a nice edition to my wardrobe.

So not much going on here, just chillaxin' and trying to figure out what to do this weekend. I had the urge to take the dog and my son out for a long walk tomorrow morning.  If it doesn't rain in the AM, I will let you know what I decide. Something exciting has to be out there for me to get into an doggone it, I'm gonna find it!


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.