Today I had an appointment with my Hematologist/Oncologist, Dr Kocs (pronounced COSS). First I have to say, what an awesome doctor, he was funny, up front – no beating around the bush, and came off very smart and confident in the information and suggestions he was giving me – which in return made me feel confident that I was in great hands…definitely calmed my nerves.
Next, walking into Texas Oncology made me feel scared – this is a cancer patient center and seeing everyone in the waiting room who were suffering from cancer or other blood related diseases just broke my heart, I felt like I shouldnt have been there and like my issues were not serious enough to be in this place – I almost felt silly going in to check my iron levels and other things flagged in my blood results…but, I do have to say I am glad I went..
Dr. Kocs came in and immediately told me that my ferritin levels were way too low. I am considered extremely anemic/iron deficient – but not only that my body is losing 90% of my iron, I am only using 10% iron – the rest my body is losing it. I asked why and he asked questions related to my menstrual cycle, what I ate, supplements I took, etc, etc…Since I could not give a definitive answer to have him think why I am having this issues – he told me we are going to start Intravenous or IV infusion treatments ASAP. I asked about supplementing iron with a pill form and he told me even if we stopped my blood flow and I took a high dosage of iron every single day all I would do is get constipated and then it would take 6+ months for my body to absorb that much iron from the pills to balance my ferritin levels out.
Starting Wednesday afternoon I go in for my first treatment. Basically I am hooked up to an IV for 2.5 hours while they pump me full of iron. I have to do this twice a week for 6 weeks and then every few months I will come back for blood tests to see if I need more iron infusions. I will definitely be bringing the iPad and headphones and use that time to do BeachBody work or watch movies…
I should start seeing an improvement of my nails, skin and energy levels within 2 weeks – YAY, but it could take about a month before all my symptoms are gone. Between my Synthroid for my Hashimoto’s and the IV Iron Therapy I should be feeling normal within a month – which I am sooo excited for! I cant wait to get back to normal. I am scared and excited all in one – I am not thrilled to be hooked up to an IV twice a week for 5 hours, but at this point I am willing to do anything!
The way my life has changed in the past 6 weeks is unbelievable…December 4th I went to my doc for a yearly exam and blood work only to find out I have thyroid issues, testosterone issues, iron issues, insulin issues and gluten allergies! Who would have thought?! The fact I have still been able to lose 52 pounds and keep it off has seriously shocked me! Even my doctors are amazed I have been able to lose all this weight with the issues I am having. I have to say it was HARD – it wasnt easy and it is definitely something I never want to do again, I will always live a healthy lifestyle. Just imagine if I didnt have these issues??? I could have cut my weight loss journey in half….but I wouldnt change it for the world – this is who I am and this will only make me stronger! If you have something that is holding you back, YOU are the only person who can get over that set back and move forward…I didnt even know I was having health issues – I could have used that as an excuse as to why I wasnt losing fast, but I didnt, I kept going and kept pursuing my goals and ITS BEEN WORTH EVERY SINGLE STRUGGLE!!!
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