Should be home today or tomorrow from hospital

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  1. DocSeth81

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    so I think I told a few people that my anxiety got really bad In the last few months. I really thought it was a mental health issue but it was a symptom of a physical problem. I have really bad anemia. If you aren’t familiar with the term basically there isn’t enough iron in my blood and because of that my brain isn’t getting enough oxygen. Not only were my levels low but they were fatally low. So basically I was a few weeks away from dying I went to a specialist a few days ago and she said I needed to go to the hospital ASAP and I’ve been there for a few days. I’ve had 5 bags of blood transfused into me and a lot of iron. I’m feeling better and should be home today or tomorrow morning. I’m just pissed that I missed out on getting lancer on pulse. But In all seriousness I didn’t realize how bad I was until I started getting better. I’m breathing easier and the anxiety is really low. I’m bored out of my mind but I’ll deal.
     
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  2. batfan007

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    That's horrible man, Hope you take it easy and recover.

    My sister gets anemic, not as bad as you just described but it's certainly familiar.
     
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    One level should be in the 400s and mine was 23. The doctors were shocked I was standing up right
     
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    Oof. Eat more kale and liver and quinoa from now on.

    Glad they caught the situation and are taking steps to resolve it. I hope you feel a ton better after your 'oil change', and that you're out of the hospital soon.

    Do they have a library in the hospital? Even some meaningless paperback might help until you can get out of there if electronic amusements are not an option. That or a newspaper.
     
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    hey guys. Just got home. I'm super tired from sleeping in a bed for a few nights that moves on it's own (it was a weird motorized bed that adjusts itself every few minutes to improve circulation) but i'll touch base either tonight or in the AM
     
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    Your health is more important than any toy or collectible figure. Glad to know your on the road to recovery.
     
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    hey guys. So as I mentioned in the first post, I had no clue how bad off I was and I was literally at most 3 weeks from not being on this earth anymore. I have a renewed sense of purpose because if some higher power made me not die, then I have to do something with it. Originally, my regular doctor didn't think it was fatally serious because he literally thought that the bloodwork report had a typo on it, so he called me back to retake the blood tests which I was supposed to do yesterday. Everyone assumed that since I was walking around that the levels on the bloodwork couldn't have been accurate. Aside for watching my nieces and nephew tonight, i'm forced to stay home for the next few days and if I do go somewhere outside of the immediate neighborhood, I have to get a ride. so I feel like i'm 15 again. Everyone at the hospital was great but the food was HORRIBLE. They put the wrong dietary restrictions on me (i'm allergic to artificial sweeteners but they put that I am allergic to all sweeteners so instead of getting pancakes with syrup, I was getting a small cup of dry cereal and powdered eggs, I wasn't there long enough to make a big deal out of it especially that my mom was bringing me food every day) so I didn't get the best food. The plan for the immediate future is, on Thursday I am getting an infusion of Iron at the hematologist's office, and then the following Friday another one. Then I have to wait 6 weeks to see how that works and then we make a new plan. In the meantime I have to get an endoscopy and a colonoscopy just to make sure i'm not bleeding internally. My doctor thinks they won't find anything and the reason I am so anemic is because my body just doesn't absorb iron like it should. (my doctor is affiliated with the hospital I was in and he was in charge of the treatment plan and that he is my regular doctor, it makes me it better because there is consistency). So I will probably need to get an infusion of iron every 2-3 months to keep my levels up. No pills will be sufficient because I just won't absorb what is in the pill and the infusions put iron directly into my bloodstream. I'm stabilized but i'm not out of the woods yet.
     
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    Wow!

    That totally sucks. aAt least you're home, and on the mend. Hope you're back to normal soon.
     
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    Tomorrow I go to the hematologist for the first of 2 iron infusions. So after that, I should be good again. But I got an infection in my arm from having the IV in it for 3 days. Its getting better because I am cleaning it every 90 minutes with alcohol. THe Hematologist wants me to get an endoscopy and colonoscopy to see if I am bleeding internally, but I have no signs of bleeding internally (the two big signs of internal bleeding is bloody urine and poop) My doctor (who also was the one in charge of my treatment in the hospital) doesn't think an upper or lower will find anything and the reason I am anemic is that my body just doesn't absorb iron like it should. So between that and the fact that I got an infection from being in the hospital, i'm really not enthusiastic about getting any non life saving procedures. So I have to discuss that with the hematologist. Also, its 500 dollars for each test. I can't justify spending 1000 dollars for something that 98% chance will have no concrete results.
     
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    Get better soon.

    We all pray for you.
     
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    That's terrible! Hope things get better and the doctors can help you with something to keep it under wraps. get well soon doc.
     
  12. DocSeth81

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    thanks everyone. I go to the hematologist in about an hour for my first of 2 infusions. I just hope that I don't have really low levels anymore so I don't have to go back into the hospital. I have to pay 1700 bucks for the 2 1/2 days I was in the hospital and I really can't afford it let alone another 1700. But just in case, I am bringing like 6 trade paperbacks with me and i'm setting my laptop out in my kitchen so if I have to go back in the hospital, I'll have something to read and I can do some work on my site while in the hospital. honestly I doubt my levels sunk low enough that I would have to go into the hospital. But just in case, I wanna be prepared (I used to be a boy scout).
     
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    Dang, that blows. Hope you'll get better, you got my prayers
     
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    Wish you a speedy recovery, hopefully the iron won't tear your stomach up. You might want to ask about colace or the like because it's easy to get backed up.
     
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    I know anemia well, buddy it can leave you feeling like a shell of yourself. It comes lock stock and barrel with kidney disease. I'm glad they got your issue detected and monitored!

    And do speak with the financial staff at the hospital, they are often generous in helping with or forgiving out of pocket costs.
     
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  16. DocSeth81

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    so I had my 2nd infusion 2 days ago and my levels seem to be going up. I'd like them to go up more, but the doctor seems to be happy with my levels. I think I was at a 3.7 when I went into the hospital and now I am at 11.2. So i'm in the healthy range, but I was hoping to be around 14 by now. I have to wait 3 weeks to see if it holds before we schedule anymore infusions. The hematologist wants me to get more tests, but that will cost like 1000 bucks and my regular doctor said to me that he thinks they are pointless and won't find anything. I understand the hematologist wants to do her due dilligance, but I know i'm not bleeding internally. I have absolutely no symptoms of bleeding internally. And if I was bleeding internally for the last 6 months, i'd feel more than anemia. I don't even spit blood when I brush my teeth hard. My regular doctor (who was administering care in the hospital) thinks that my body just doesn't process iron properly and quarterly I will need an infusion. I really can't justify spending 1000 dollars to find out what I already know. Also, when I was in the hospital, I got an infection in my arm from the IV, so I am really against any procedure that isn't needed to live. the infection is gone, but I really don't want to put myself in the position to get another one. I decided (without consulting the Hematologist) that if my levels go down significantly between now and the next appointment, i'll talk to my regular doctor about if I should get some of the additional tests (both I would have to be knocked out for). If he thinks it is worthwhile, i'll do start with the least invasive one and go from there
     
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    Feel better man. Glad you figured out what it was.
     
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    Hey, man. I just read all of your post. I hope you get better.

    I don't have blood problems but I've been dealing with respiratory issues lately and I was in the hospital for an asthma attack just two weeks ago. I know that feeling of being stuck at home and not being able to do anything but take this moment as a mini-vacation. Play some video games, play with some of your TFs, relax, your body deserves it. You shouldn't be doing any heavy lifting, don't take that extra step, or anything that'll strain your body. Most of all, take your time. You'll know when you're body is back to normal because by the time you realize it, you'll be doing things that you shouldn't be doing.

    Give it some time. Enjoy it while it last.

    As for your hospital bills, try talking to the financial department of the hospital if they can cut down the bill in half or partially. I haven't tried but I've heard that works from Reddit.

    Take care.
     
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    Get better my friend and sleep with alot of relaxing. We need you with us and i totally agree sometimes medical folks want you to spend money you don't have. I learned that when i got diagnosed with diabetes about 4 yrs ago in 2015. They tryed to put me in the hospital with a sugar level of 731 and a ton of other problems and normally that is coma stage. I was walking and fighting for every day. Take care of yourself the best you know and like and what your Doctor thinks is best.
     
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  20. DocSeth81

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    update ya'll! (and it's good)

    I see my doctor OFTEN. He handles my medication management and I see him once or twice a month. so we decided that every other time I see him, he will take blood to check my iron. Yesterday he took blood and called me today with the results. 2 months ago, when I was in the hospital, my iron levels were 3.3 (and he still doesn't know how I was alive with such low iron). As of yesterday, I am at 15.1. Anything above 12 is healthy. So we'll keep doing the blood work and if it goes below 10, i'll make an appointment with the hematologist. The hematologist wants me to get more procedures done in case I am bleeding internally. I know i'm not (if I were, my levels wouldn't go up and I would be in a lot of pain, and there would be blood when I went to the bathroom), and my regular doctor doesn't think it is needed. Also, both tests cost a total of about 1000 dollars which I can't justify spending if I know what the results are. I just don't absorb iron properly. If my regular doctor thought that it would be a good idea, I would totally do it. so I am getting better!
     
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