Welcome to my blog dedicated to my Journey with Teal....Ovarian Cancer. This blog is where I will make updates to my treatments and tests....hoping to keep blog friends updated and answer any questions from visitors. I did not pick this journey, but am doing the best I know how to walk strong and gracefully, with my Lord's continual strength!

Friday, July 26, 2013

To iron...

Or not!

Well....we ironed.  Five hours of an iron infusion.   I was down 2/3s.   Hopefully this will perk me up!

My chemo nurse called me a trooper.    I really am not.   I just got drafted into this mess!


Vee said...

You have to show up and you do that. Some don't. They bury their heads. So I'd call you a trooper/trouper as well.

Always Nesting said...

Bless your heart, you are a trooper!

Darlene said...

You are definitely a trooper. So glad this is done and hope it works well.

Rettabug said...

This will surely make you feel better, CK! I can't believe you were walking around with a count so low...no wonder you were feeling $hitty!
I'm thinking the chemo HAS to be doing something or the effects wouldn't be so draining.

I found this interesting list online of things to keep in mind if your hemoglobin levels are low.

Tips for when you have low blood counts

If you have low blood counts while you are having cancer drugs, you need to

Tell your doctor or specialist nurse immediately if you get a temperature over 100° Fahrenheit.
Tell your doctor or nurse straight away if you notice any bleeding or bruising.
Keep as clean as you can – for instance, wash your hands before preparing food or eating. PURELL!!
Try to eat a healthy diet
Wash all fruit and salads well in clean water.
Make sure cooked food is properly heated through to kill off bacteria.
Try to avoid cuts and grazes – for example, if you are gardening wear thick gloves.
Keep away from animals to avoid infection, especially cat litter trays and bird cages.
Let your doctor know if you have pets, so they know about any possible infection risks.
Put pressure on cuts for longer than usual to stop bleeding.
Rest when you feel tired.
Avoid doing too much in the middle of each treatment cycle, as your blood counts will be low and you may feel very tired.
Avoid contact with anyone who has (or may have been) exposed to chicken pox.
Let your doctor know if you think you may have been close to anyone with chicken pox.

My DH's runs a low blood count, due to his failing kidney function, so this was a good reminder for us, too.

Hang in there, Honey...I still pray for you to win this fight. You ARE a real trouper & I just know you'll feel better soon.