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Unread 10-09-2000, 10:05 AM

My doctor's office is telling me that my hemoglobin is down to 7. They are going to have to give me blood on Friday 10/13 for the surgery. Shouldn't I be concerned? Shouldn't I have been built up before the surgery. I'm very scared. Somebody please talk to me.
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Unread 10-09-2000, 10:29 AM

Hi Sweetie,

Yes, a 7 is fairly low. Normal levels are 11.5 to 16. You will have to have blood in order to have this surgery. Perhaps if you know what type you are, you can have a family member or a trusted friend donate their blood for you. That way, you know for sure that it is safe and free of disease. I too had terribly low hemoglobin because I bleed so often and in such great quantities. My doc suggested waiting to do the hyster until my levels came back up and put me on a combo of hormones that gave me six good weeks with little to no bleeding. That combined with two iron pills a day got my levels back up into normal ranges. It is still on the low side of normal, but not bad enough that they will need to do a transfusion. So, if you want to go ahead with the surgery right away, then see if perhaps someone you know and trust could donate for you. Remeber they don't have to have your exact blood type. I for example am A positive. However O positive, O negative, and A positive people can all donate for me. Otherwise, you could postpone it long enough to get your levels back up into normal ranges if your doc thinks that whatever is causing the anemia could be brought under control.

Unread 10-09-2000, 03:07 PM
My doc suggested I wait....

My hemoglobin dropped from 14.3 to 9.2 and the doc said if I was at 10 or below, he'd rather wait until I built it back up.

I took iron daily as well as a good multivitamin with antioxidents that help your body repair itself. Managed to get from 9.2 to 11.8 with 3 weeks of this (with no bleeding, of course).

They take extreme care nowadays when screening blood donors. ALthough nothing is failsafe, you shouldn't have an extreme fear of receiving blood. If you DO have healthy family members or friends who may be compatible donors, don't hesitate to ask them!

Good luck, hon!

Hugs, Michele
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Unread 10-10-2000, 02:19 AM

I will have a hysterectomy the ending of Oct., it was postponed from Aug. 14th due to my low blood count, I was at first disapointed because I was psyched up and ready to go...but then my Dr. suggested we try Lupron depot..., the bleeding stopped and my levels are up again, I will go to the Dr. on 10/16 and see where we go from there...I'm glad I waited even though sometimes I feel so tired from the shot...side effects...I'm still at work and I feel that by taking the shot and having the bleeding stop, I'm able to do somethings I need to before the surgery. Talk to your Dr. and see if the surgery can be postponed until you build up you blood levels...

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