As most of you probably know from my blogs and posts I've made on some of my teams for the last 2-3 weeks, you know I've been feeling more fatigued than usual, and my hemoglobin was low when it was checked before I had chemo on the 18th of last month. It was 8.7 then, low enough to make me very tired, but not quite low enough for a transfusion.
Well, when I went for my chemo today and they did my labs, it was down to 7.9; I think that's the lowest it's ever been, no wonder I have been feeling like a fading kitten! And I also haven't been driving anywhere for about 3 weeks because of the light headedness, and when I mentioned that to my nurse, she said I shouldn't be driving with it that low.
I did have the chemo today, because my white blood count was good. I am scheduled for a blood transfusion on Thursday. It's not good to have my hemoglobin so low, but it was good to have a reason as to why I've been so exhausted, and it's something where they can do something about it.
I had my iron checked a couple of weeks too, it's in the normal range, but in the very low end of the range, so I was told today that I should be taking an iron supplement too. My nurse told me to ask a pharmacist about what kind, she said it's constipating, but they do make some that have a laxative combined with it to prevent that.
I have a dentist appointment tomorrow, my mom will be taking me. It's just a routine check up and cleaning that was set up 6 months ago. I just want to get that done and over with. Really looking forward to Friday when I just stay home, and by Saturday, I should be feeling better from the transfusion.
I'm almost 5 pounds over my goal weight too, part of it is having to cut down more on my activity because of the fatigue, but part of it is also some emotional eating. Being so tired makes me feel kind of depressed, and that leads to me not caring so much about my food choices, especially with the snacks. So I updated my weight ticker today, I want to make that number go down again, so if I see that every day when I am on Spark, that will help remind me that I have to have the willpower to make better choices.