A Short Hospital Stay

Last Update: November 09, 2015

I've been so bad, lately, about keeping up with my WA sites and interacting with everyone. So I need to explain why.

For the past couple of months, my energy level just wasn't up to par. I tired easily and just couldn't stay focused. Then, about two weeks ago I started experiencing episodes of shortness of breath. I thought it was just because I needed more exercise, but you know how that goes...put it off.

All of a sudden those episodes of shortness of breath became concerning. I could barely make my bed in the morning or walk from my car to a store. I thought maybe I was having heart problems. My mom had heart disease so it seemed logical to me.

So I went to see my doctor who ordered several tests including blood tests. As it turns out, my hemoglobin was dangerously low. Apparently, a normal level for hemoglobin (which carries oxygen through the blood to your body) is 11 to 15. A blood transfusion is ordered if it drops to 7. Mine was 5.4. There was barely any oxygen left in my blood. It indicated that there was internal bleeding somewhere, most likely in my gut.

I was immediately sent to hospital emergency. They gave me 2 units of blood and admitted me. To make a long story short, they did find the source of the bleeding which has been stopped and they determined that I am anemic because of it. My doctor said it had probably been happening slowly for a long time and that had I not made that appointment I very likely would have just collapsed. Yikes!

I have to take it easy for awhile, but I'm going to be fine. I have some catching up to do. I'm looking forward to it.

My message to all my WA friends is this: "Listen to your body". If something doesn't seem right, check it out!

Have a lovely weekend, everyone.

Cheryl

AN UPDATE: Made a trip to Urgent Care, yesterday...the site where the IV tube in my arm had become infected so now I'm on antibiotics for that! It had become quite painful and something just told me I needed to have it checked. So once again the old "listen to your body" came into play!

Am slowly trying to get back into the swing of things here at WA. It's my favorite place to be. I wonder what that says about me?!

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RonAlderman Premium
Glad to hear the found the issue and corrected it. Great advice to listen to your body when it is talking to you.

Take it easy and i wish you a speedy recovery!
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CherylK Premium
Thanks, Ron. I did want to tell everyone how important it is to take action if something just doesn't seem right.
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Martstervt Premium
Cheryl i'm glad you found out what the problem was, and that you are going to be fine. I didn't need a transfusion but had a similar problem when I was just out of high school. I have been fine since then.

Marty
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CherylK Premium
Well, thank you and I'm glad your problem sorted itself out, too.
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Martstervt Premium
That was many years ago but at the time I didn't know if it would happen again.

The best thing is to take care of yourself with nutrition, rest and the right exercise. I'm glad you're back:-)
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GeorgeEkman Premium
I'm sure glad you took action when you did and got things figured out.
You look to be too young to be having health problems, but I guess we can all have trouble. Thake it easy Cheryl and welcome back.
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CherylK Premium
Thanks, George.
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LisB247 Premium
Hi, Cheryl, that is very good advice.

I am so glad you got things sorted out and that you are on the road to recovery. Take things easy and get plenty of rest.

All the best.
Lis
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CherylK Premium
Thank you, Lis. I'll definitely take this wake-up call seriously.
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DeeSue Premium
Wishing you the best!!!
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CherylK Premium
Thank you so much for the good wishes.
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