Saturday, January 29, 2011

Second trip to the hospital

As instructed I tried to give myself my needles here again today. No luck, I was just coughing too much and too shaky to get the needles in. I ended up going to the main Dialysis unit to have my treatment and then I will be trying again here at home Sunday night. I was told I can take cough medicine with codeine so that is what I'm taking now. So far that seems to be going ok and I am coughing much less.

At the hospital I ended up having 7 needles, so my arm is rather sore at the moment. My Hemoglobin was tested and it was 77, which is super low normal is somewhere over 100, my last blood work which was about 2 weeks ago I was at 97. Wikipedia Defines Hemoglobin as
Hemoglobin (also spelled haemoglobin and abbreviated Hb or Hgb) is the iron-containing oxygen-transport metalloprotein in thered blood cells of all vertebrates[1] (except the fish family Channichthyidae[2] ) and the tissues of some invertebrates. Hemoglobin in the blood is what transports oxygen from the lungs or gills to the rest of the body (i.e. the tissues) where it releases the oxygen for cell use, and collects carbon dioxide to bring it back to the lungs.
I've been told if it's too low you get really tired and lethargic. I'm on medication to keep it up, but right now it's low.

Hemoglobin should not be confused with the Hemo-Goblin a soon to be created Super villain in the Marvel universe that steals the red blood cells from blood bank blood, but with a real goal of getting some of Peter Parker's radioactive red blood cells. (Marvel please contact me to negotiate publishing rights)

Thats about all I was told, besides get some rest. I guess there is a nasty bug going around, maybe because of my other problems it simply hit me harder.


1 comment:

  1. I hope you didn't spend too much. Dialysis alone costs a lot of money. It really helps to be covered by insurance in these situations.

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