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Had a Hysterectomy! Did it FINALLY Cure My Iron Deficiency Anemia?

Last I posted, I mentioned the possibility of a hysterectomy.  Long story short (perhaps I'll blog about that next), my surgery was canceled because the insurance company decided the day before the surgery they would not pay for it!  To say I was a mess that day is a huge understatement.

Fast forward, I sent the insurance company a long letter detailing my day-to-day existence with anemia and the side effects from my too-frequent infusions. They approved the surgery.

I'll blog more on the experience of surgery but I ended up having a Da Vinci Robotic Hysterectomy.  The doctor made four small incisions and operated the controls from outside my body! 

Let me just say, this surgery was far more difficult on me than I thought it would be.  Recovery has been slow but, reading online, I see that is common for many women which makes me feel just a bit better.

About six weeks after my surgery, I had my bloodwork done.  I was a nervous wreck.  I didn't feel anemic but, then again, I was still having issues from my surgery so I didn't know if they were just 'masking' that exhausted dragging-through-life feeling.  But, like I said, that tiredness did not feel like the same type of exhaustion at all.

So, I get my bloodwork done and have to wait all weekend (and that weekend moved SO slowly).

I called first thing Monday morning.  They're not in!  Argh! 

A few hours later, I'm waiting for my daughter and decide to check my health portal.  Results are in!

Now, before I give my results, I was due for new infusions the month before.  With having had a heavy period before my surgery as well as some bleeding after surgery, I should be really due!

My levels were normal!

No, not just normal, my hemoglobin was smack dab in the middle of normal!  Since being diagnosed with anemia almost fourteen years ago, that has never happened.

I'll be tested again in a couple months but looks like I no longer have Iron Deficiency Anemia.

Happy Day!

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  1. Sorry that your recovery has been tough, but that is great news that it might have solved your iron problems. Hope you're feeling 100% soon!

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