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No Surgery :-(

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

I can't even remember (how pathetic!) if I posted in a blog that I was finally, finally going to have hip replacement surgery. I have been so happy and excited - I have suffered for such a long time. I can't walk without help, and just about everything I do (like climbing into my car) is very painful. I can't even sleep without pain. So knowing that I had surgery scheduled made me really happy.

However, there have been quite a few roadblocks. The saying, "We plan; God laughs," is very applicable here. I had to get some pre-op testing done, which I knew about and even had scheduled. And, the Sunday before (December 15th), the bloodmobile came to my church. I always like to donate blood. My son, my daughter, and I have all had at least one transfusion in the past, and I want to give back. So I donated blood. No big deal, right?

Alas, I had forgotten the pre-op bloodwork. The Wednesday after that Sunday, I had a CBC done, and lo and behold! I was anemic, thanks to the blood donation. I was kicking myself for having been so stupid as to donate blood, but I just didn't think. Unfortunately, I am noted for that.

So my surgeon called me up and said, you're anemic, and this is a problem. I explained that I had just donated blood, and he said my counts needed to be in the normal range before the surgery, which at the time was scheduled for January 8th. I was sure they could be, and started taking iron, on his advice. However, I hadn't counted on getting sick. From December 23rd to the 29th, I was flat in bed, vomiting often, and not eating. So when I had the follow-up CBC done on December 31st, I wasn't terribly surprised that I was still somewhat anemic, although my counts had gotten significantly better, in spite of not eating or even moving, for so long.

But the surgeon said no, I was still too anemic for the surgery. The next open date was January 27th. We re-scheduled the flight, booked a place to stay, and I took iron pills every day. I had no doubt that my blood would be just fine the next time. So I once again got a CBC this past Monday (January 20th, three weeks after the last one). Well, God was clearly laughing. My counts were actually *lower* than they had been on the 31st. Not a lot lower, but lower.

My surgeon said no, no surgery, and he thinks there is something wrong with me. My counts shouldn't have gone down in three weeks of being well and eating normally. Not to mention taking iron every day! He won't even consider surgery unless and until I get myself checked out. I am freaking out, imagining internal bleeding and cancer. Which isn't at all farfetched, given my genetics. But how completely bizarre that I had enough hemoglobin to donate blood just a bit over a month ago, and now I am apparently seriously anemic. Just bizarre! So I am seeing someone in my doctor's office tomorrow. I admit I am worried, and still so disappointed that I can't get my hip fixed and my pain taken away. :-(
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    I am so sorry the light at the end of the tunnel has been turned off! Even though it's only temporary, everyone knows how disappointing this is, and especially hard to deal with when you're in pain. I do hope everything is okay for you and the longer than expected bout with anemia is simply because it takes a while to improve your numbers with that. I also hope you are getting the medical care you need to rule out any other problems and put your mind at ease. Post 40, we all seem to heal a little slower. I fell down the stairs outside my house (like the very graceful person I am) and had stitches in my knee. After 14 days, still not healed or even close to it! At the 2 week mark, they removed the sutures, told me the laceration was NOT healed, taped me together with steri-strip and sent me on my way. Boy am I ever longing for my days of youth where I could fall down, skin my knee, and be up and running again 30 minutes later! Or for you, when you're a kid feeling a little weak (and possibly amemic) and you could just eat a burger and be all better again. Ah, the good old days! Sending hugs...hope all is well again soon!
    26 days ago
    Oh I'm so sorry! I run very anemic and take iron daily, but it can take a while for it to "kick in" and raise your hemoglobin. I had to have a transfusion a while ago, and I don't donate blood because it's still not safe for me to do so. I hope you get it figured out so you can have your surgery. Keep us updated.
    30 days ago
    I am so sorry this is happening to you!!!! emoticon I will be praying for you!!!! emoticon
    31 days ago
    Hemoglobin of 12.5 is required to donate blood here.
    33 days ago
    So sorry you have to go through this.... you have been through enough for many life-times....

    You may have been anemic prior to the donation.... they will take a pint of blood if your Hgb was only 11.5, unless the rules have changed. And then donating should have stimulated your bone marrow to produce more RBCs henceforth a higher hemoglobin and oxygen level.... so something may have been amiss before the blood donation.... you have a good doctor who wants to check things out before your surgery! I know how hard this is because I had to wait over 3 years for my total knee replacement. I am still in a lot of pain 7 years later and the bone scan shows loosening and the surgeon is wanting to wait... to be in chronic pain for a lengthy period of time can be daunting.... I rely on God to keep me going. May God bless you on this journey... emoticon
    33 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/23/2020 6:55:28 AM
    I am sad to hear this and sorry that you are going through so much. Prayers.
    34 days ago
  • WILDKAT781
    I am so sorry this is happening to you
    34 days ago
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