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Hemolytic anemia post surgery & tape disaster

Two tips, first, please: If you are hairy or just sensitive, plead your case with your doctor and SHAVE pre-op! I had skin peeled off, rashes, and absolute one of the most intense pains of the whole experience (seriously!) when all the tape covering the 7" incision was finally peeled off. Then came the tape of the 2 IV's I was given - one of them had tape UNDER the tape! I almost passed out and I'm not being dramatic. 2nd hint is related to my anemia story: don't get a tan prior to surgery be as white as possible so that they can easily tell if your skin becomes jaundiced.

Now, the story. It's rare but I'm sure I'm not the only one. 10 days post op after my third day of progressive weakness I spent a day barely concious, staggering to the bathroom and back to the bed, delaying going to the ER until I had to do the whole ambulance thing. Well, I had a critically low red blood cell hemoglobin count, was whiter than a ghost, then yellow, then even orange for awhile. I had to have very specifically treated blood - 5 units transfusions in the next few hours, and was transferred to a much larger hospital to meet with the right specialists to save my life.

I'm feeling better but they are very guarded about the next few weeks, checking my blood every few days and meeting with specialists to manage the steroids they treat this with.

Was it related to the surgery? They are not sure but it could have been indirectly related to the antibiotic, it could have been my hemoglobin was too low to begin with and/or I should have had blood transfusions during the surgery. I don't know, just want you to keep in mind your skin color is something to pay attention to post op.

Anyway, that's my story and I'm stickin' to it.
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