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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?
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    Thank you for your suggestions. I have trouble taking any mineral by mouth, with the possible exception of some kinds of calcium. i also can't take much vitamin C because it causes sores on my intestines. /-:

    But the doctor has got me on intramuscular thing.

    I am begining to feel stronger but I still don't have much of an appetite. I will be going to dr tomorrow and they will draw more blood as well as check my knee.
    I'l also let them weigh me. .. I havent' eaten much, but I haven't done much so I hope it equals out. Actually, this rehab keeps me quite busy but I don't know if it enough to use up the calories.
    2731 days ago
    I wish I had some suggestions but I am afraid that I don't. I just want to say that I am thinking of you and hope that you are feeling much better soon. The good news is that the worst is over and you are on the mend. Hang in there!!! I'll be thinking of you! emoticon
    2740 days ago
    I have to take an iron supplement twice a day or I get anemic. I hope they get your iron straightened out soon. I will keep you in prayer while you are healing.
    2740 days ago
    If you take iron with Vitamin C that will help get the iron into your body better. That is what I have found when I had to take Iron right before my total knee replacement. As Julie said don't take your iron with any type of calcium because it will bind with the iron and you will just put it in the toilet.
    2740 days ago
    I am on an iron supplement. I would suggest that although you need to make sure that you don't take your iron at the same time you take anything with calcium. They tend to work against one another as they are being absorbed. Good luck to you.
    2741 days ago
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