Monday, October 15, 2007

STILL anemic!

I had another blood test, on Thursday...the doctor called today and said that I'm still anemic, even worse than before (normal is 35, last test I was 23...he didn't say the exact number this time tho) and he wants me taking iron _3_ times a day...

Since I started the Remicade I have been feeling better and better--my next infusion isn't until November 28, so we'll hopefully get this anemia thing kicked before then.

You know, when you're sick all your energy and focus is on being sick and trying to get better and even just trying to be mildly functional...but you start getting better, then you start noticing that there's OTHER things out there besides blood and pain.

Thursday, October 4, 2007


You know all those symptoms I was attributing to the steroids--the dizziness, the lightheadedness, the rapid heartbeat? Well, I got a blood test yesterday, and my doctor called this morning: "You're quite anemic. If you were younger I'd insist on you getting a transfusion."

He went on to describe what effects I might have been having--dizziness, lightheadedness, and a rapid heartbeat when I tried to do much of anything. Surprise!

So he has me taking iron twice a day, and I get another blood test next week.