post-surgery recovery and anemia
Monday, November 22, 2010
My surgery went well and I left the hospital on schedule. It was kind nice to just have people deliver healthy food to me in bed (-:
Recovery is turning out to be much more onerous than I thought. It's going well; in fact, I am ahead of schedule in some areas and behind in none but it is a lot more work than they had explained to me previously. I have to be on a machine 8 hours a day. It isn't painful but it is confining. I also have to do PT 4X day (once with a PT who visits me at home). I can't get into a bathtub yet, don't have a walk-in shower and washing my hair today was quite the chore. Hard work from Larry, too, since he is the one helping me. I am on pain medications, which I don't like. I tried taking less and got dressed down over it so I am resolved to being high as a kite for a few more days (Oxycontin/Percoset). I also get to inject myself with heparin. Such fun times.
I am eating a healthy breakfast cookie for breakfast, frozen dinners for dinner and a variety of things for lunches. However, they drew blood just before i left hospital and I am quite anemic. I wasn't before the surgery -- and I didn't bleed too much but this has happened to me before -- the stress of surgery seems to depress my hemaglobin/red cell production. I did have a blood transfusion just after surgery and it got better temporarily. It isn't bad enough now to need another one but the problem is, my body cannot tolerate most kinds of iron and B vitamin supplements. He has some kind that doesn't go through the digestive system that he has ordered. Also, eating iron rich and B vitamin rich foods will help but many (not all) foods that are high in iron also are blood thinners and I can't eat any food that thins blood more since i am on the heparin.
So - suggestions, anyone?