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Recooping from Blood Loss? Recooping from Blood Loss?

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Unread 01-21-2008, 08:07 AM
Recooping from Blood Loss?

How long did it take for you all that had major blood loss during the surgery. I was just shy of a transfusion, the only reason the dr didn't do the transfusion is that my hemo # was 9 and I wasn't reacting otherwise.

But the fatigue is the worse. I have super iron pills the dr prescribed but they tear up my insides. I've just been making sure I get 100% daily value (reg vitamin) and eating iron rich foods.

I just want an aim to when the fatigue will go away.

I had a LAVH and my tiny three incisions are healed and the only pain I have is gas bubbles still....

Any info?
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Unread 01-21-2008, 08:15 AM
Recooping from Blood Loss?

Right after my surgery I was a 5 therefore, I had to have a transfusion. I was so tired I could not lift my arms or keep my head up. After my transfusion I was a 9 and went home from the hospital. I took iron pills every night with a stool softener and ate iron rich food. It took me about 3 weeks to get my strength to what I call an "8" on a scale of 1 to 10. I am trying work tomorrow 1/2 a day.
I had blood work done on 1/18 and I will get the results tomorrow. I will post again and let you know what my numbers look like. That should give you some type of timeline.
I have heard that it takes a long time to build the blood iron levels back and remember you are also recovering which is exhausting.
God bless!
jb
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Unread 01-21-2008, 08:28 AM
Recooping from Blood Loss?

I don't know if this will help. About 3 months before surgery I had to have a 4 unit transfusion, with a bag of iron in between. Before transfusion I was at 6, I don't know what I was after as they didn't check. But what I'm trying to say is I didn't even have time before I started my next cycle ( which was a couple of weeks) to feel better. That was without surgery, so with it I'm sure it's still going to take a little time. So hang in there! My hope is that I will be feeling stronger by spring. I know with this weather we're having right now that feels like a very long time. But I'm hoping "better weather" is not that far away.

My prayers are with you all!
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Unread 01-21-2008, 09:13 AM
blood loss-more questions

I am two weeks post op and am a 7 on the hemocrit scale, but the doctors decided to not transfuse me because I was tolerating the anemia "so well". Well, I am so tired I can hardly do anything, including focusing to read - take a shower - etc. my family wonders if I will ever be more than a lump under the covers. I sure would like to know what to eat, if I can use stool softeners long long term, and when is tired too tired, as in should I be calling a doctor?
this is my first experience with surgery and anemia, beyond the slight anemia I had for the last few years as I battled my fibroid..
thanks.
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Unread 01-21-2008, 09:23 AM
Recooping from Blood Loss?

I'm told stool softeners and a slow release supplement is the best action, but I haven't tried it yet, because I understand your focusing problem, I can't remember to go to the pharmacy to get it. DH wouldn't have a clue so this is something I'll have to do myself. I have been relying on lists, but can't remember to put it on there either! Well maybe I will remember today to get some, maybe you should too! I hope you begin to feel better, I plan to, if I can remember to put it on my list.



Always God Bless!
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Unread 01-21-2008, 11:36 AM
Recooping from Blood Loss?

Wow, I had some internal bleeding but was so drugged up in the hospital I don't really know much of what was happening. I know I had to stay an extra day so they could do another blood test and he sent me home with iron and baby aspirin for 10 days, didn't know why. I am so sorry to hear what all of you went through. I have been a little light headed still and am 5 days post op. Haven't had much of an appetite, and I get really bloated and feel sick even when I eat a little, hopefully this will pass. I am living on stool softeners too, they help a little. I don't feel like doing much though, don't really want to get out of bed at all though I know I have to. I am going to speak to my dr this afternoon and would advise you do too so also.
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Hillary 42yrs old
1/16 TAVH/BSO for adenomyosis/endometriosis and ovarian cysts-still waiting on the path reports to rule out OVCA
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Unread 01-21-2008, 11:57 AM
Recooping from Blood Loss?

I didn't know I was anemic until after surgery. Unlike in US, we don't have checks on blood before surgery. I did have bllod tests at my pre-op, but no one bothered to tell the surgeon or me that I had iron at level 9, so when it dropped to 7 post-op and I kept passing out when I got out of bed..they thought I'd had a major bleed.

8 is the level that they want to give a transfusion.

Now of course, I realise that a lot of my pre-op symptoms were actually a result of anemia.

I refused a transfusion because of all the bad press here.

Anyway, I was told that without a transfusion I would take at least 3 weeks to get to an acceptable level, and up to 3 months to reach normal levels of 14..

I'm looking forward to being normal, because I've been tired for so long, thought I was just working too hard..

If your doctor has given you iron tablets , shouldn't you be trying to take them. I found they increased constipation a bit, and this might be a bit TMI, but bm were black for over a month..but I have just compensated by eating lots of fruit and fibre...and stool softeners..

too long..sorry, but hope this helps
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Unread 01-21-2008, 05:03 PM
for all of you who responded to my blood loss question.......

Thanks for getting back to me..I am taking my iron, and looks like I just got to keep taking it....and sleeping and sleeping.
I was asked today to head up a class in 10 days and after reading your responses, said NO! I am realizing that "back to normal" won't be for awhile...
bless all of you - I started a list today of all the happy things in my life, think I will add you guys!
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Unread 01-22-2008, 05:43 AM
Recooping from Blood Loss?

What a lovely thing to say
hope you feel stronger soon
x
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Unread 01-22-2008, 07:19 AM
Recooping from Blood Loss?

INFP,

It sounds like you are no longer tolerating it. It is time to call the doctor. I refused a blood transfusion after my surgery (I blame it on the drugs) and it took me forever to get over it. Call the doc and let him/her know just how you feel. They should at least check your count again.

Stampincat
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