What a couple of days! I went for my chemotherapy appointment on Thursday which was supposed to be 2 hours long. Well, it was an ordeal. My pain was better, but I was very weak and pale. As I expected, my blood work crashed and my hemoglobin, hematocrit, red blood cell and white blood cells and more dropped to dangerous levels. After meeting with the nurse practitioner and the doctors review, I was told I would have to go to the hospital for blood and rest. I still had my chemotherapy, but also needed other intravenous medications and shots to be able to take it. I now have to take a shot every two weeks to help me produce red blood cells called Aransep. They are also going to give me other IV’s next week to help me absorb iron. I have been asking for blood and found out I had to wait until my Hemoglobin dropped to 8.5 to have medicare pay for it. That was quite a wait as I felt like I was about to drop dead from exhaustion. I finally got my chemotherapy and then was sent to the hospital. That day I got my blood typed and cross matched and got the blood yesterday. I had 2 pints and which took until late last night. I finally got home after 9 PM. It was just exhausting.
I had been constipated from all the vicodin and after the blood started having bowel movements. It seems that the blood helped in many ways. I hope that my body will now start to build red blood cells and iron. I felt a bit better after the blood.
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