Thursday, July 31, 2008


I'm sick:
I've been busy logging my personal health journal (daily). In July, my doctor found 2 large tumors from ultrasound exam. Their sizes and locations prompted an open abdominal vice laparoscopic. Prepaing myself for a surgery (1st time ever), I'm taking Lupron/month and Iron 115mg/day. Lupron is this chemically induced Menopause shot and Iron helps increasing red blood cells.

I'm Anemic:
My blood count (Red) is at "6", while the average range for Women is 12.1 to 15.1 gm/dl. It's too low to go under a knife; therefore, I have to boost it up to at least 12 prior to surgery. I have 3 months and 10 days to do so... Last time I was so anemic (about the same..."6"), it took me 6 months before Dr. Felice (my hematologist) let me go from his care.

I'm out in the sun:
I bought a bike, a helmet, an odometer, saddle bag, tennis racquet and only three tennis balls (more running). These activities are so much more fun than running on a treadmill in my own basement or playing Swinging Wii controller. My doctor was surprised when I told her I went on a 5 miles bike riding and played 2 hours tennis afterward. She said I should have had the energy to do so being so anemic. (If I'm not anemic, I might be able to do a marathon! Woohoo!)

I'm trying to "play" outside as much as I can before my surgery in winter. Hopefully, by next year when winter leaves, I'll be fully recovered and can do so much more with my renewed body! :)

2 (o_O; ~!? comments:

Nap said...

I'm so very sorry to hear that you don't feel good. Please take great care of yourself and I hope the surgical procedure will go well. Please keep us posted.

jerjonji said...

are you sure you're supposed to be so active when you're so anemic? you could pass out or get dizzy or something. i'm worried about you. you always do more than you should!