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Unread 05-03-2006, 04:01 AM
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I knew flo would return one last time. As soon as I got to work tonight, flo came a calling. Of course I wasn't prepared. I had to run through three bathrooms, before I found one with pads...yuk. I have cramps and feel achy. God I hate this. So far flo isn't too heavy. My concern is becoming anemic again. I've been fighting to get my iron up, the doctor said that would be one of the things that would prevent my surgery. At my pre-op the DR said my blood work was normal. I guess I'll know in 8 days. Just 8 days to go then NO MORE FLO!
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Unread 05-03-2006, 11:02 AM
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I am so with you. I have had irregular and heavy periods for decades. But then within the last six months I have had to have transfusions twice and I hate it. It's what spurred me to finally get it taken care of. I did my preop Monday which included a CBC and they haven't called with any bad news, so I guess it's normal enough now. My first bought of anemia was last July and its was terrible. I had all the symptoms but didn't know that's what it was. I will be so glad to get my surgery because I know that's what was causing it. I'm experiencing a little flo now but it's not bad. My gyno has me on Provera. Otherwise, I probably would be flooding about now. Best wishes on your surgery.
Unread 05-03-2006, 11:36 AM
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Hello hummingbird1 & chacha

I've just read your posts & can really sympathise with you because that's how I was pre-op - had heavy periods for years, diagnosed with multiple fibroids 5 years ago. I was diagnosed with anaemia about a year ago, although I didn't recognise any of the symptoms at that time. I was given iron tablets but still struggled to get my levels up. Then I decided to consult a nutritionist (at my own expense) because I was so exhausted & I wanted to try & improve my energy levels and get myself as fit as possible before my op. She recommended a gluten, wheat & dairy free diet & recommended vitamins & minerals, because she thought that my body wasn't absorbing the iron that I was taking. I found it really hard at first but I did persevere and it obviously worked because my blood count the day before my op was over the "normal" count when it had been half!

Now that I've had a TAH, everybody says how well I look & I seem to be recovering OK (I haven't had any major problems so far, touch wood!). My blood count had dropped a little after the op but the nurse said that it was normal & nothing to worry about.

I was so scared before the op & felt like I was on a rollercoaster with my emotions - flo came not long before the op too, so that didn't help except that I kept telling myself that this would be the last time! All I can say it that it will soon be over and you will both feel so much better - good luck for next week

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Unread 05-03-2006, 10:33 PM
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ChaCha and QueenBee,

Thanks for the response. It helps to know we are all going through the same thing. Sometimes I feel out of place talking to my friends about these thing. None of them have had a hyst. or problems with there periods, so they have trouble relating. Thanks for your support....HUGS.
Unread 05-04-2006, 06:28 AM
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Yes hummingbird. I know what you mean. I am praying with you about the anemia. I'm anemic too and no matter how much Iron I takes, that count just won't become normal. This is not going to prevent the surgery but it is a concern.

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