|Posted: 10/25/2013 2:26:17 PM|My mom hasn't been feeling well for a few weeks. She's been feeling very weak and run down so finally she went to the doctor. They did blood tests and she is anemic and has a low functioning thyroid. So they wanted to take more blood yesterday and today they called her back to the hospital for a blood transfusion. I'm worried.
I'm also frustrated because my parents didn't call and tell me and I don't even know if my sister or I would have found out if my sister hadn't called them right as they were leaving. So I don't have any more information about what is going on.
I'm worried that something really serious is going on like cancer. She is a vegetarian and in her late 60s so that probably factors in, but usually people don't need blood transfusions for anemia do they? I don't know.
Anyway I would appreciate if you all could pray for her or send good thoughts. I love her so much. Thank you.
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|Posted: 10/25/2013 2:33:24 PM|
I have a 60ish yo friend who was hospitalized last week for anemia. she needed blood transfusions but a scad of other tests came back normal. Wishing all the best for your mom! Hugs to you!
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|Posted: 10/25/2013 2:44:46 PM|
Sure she would. Anemia means not enough iron in your blood. If its really bad, a transfusion would alleviate the anemia by introducing more iron rich blood. I'm not diagnosed as anemic, but I can't give blood because my iron content is not high enough.
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|Posted: 10/25/2013 2:48:56 PM|
You got it. Hopefully that is all it is.
|Posted: 10/25/2013 3:19:26 PM|
Yes, you could receive a transfusion for anemia. Also, an infection could cause her hemoglobin to be very low. This happened to my DH recently.
Hugs and prayers coming your way.
|Posted: 10/25/2013 3:24:02 PM|
Positive thoughts and prayers for you, your mother, and your family.
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|Posted: 10/25/2013 3:39:11 PM|
She may have received an iron infusion, which would be normal for very low iron levels. A lot of people mix those two up. Praying all is well.
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|Posted: 10/25/2013 3:46:18 PM|
Sending prayers and good thoughts her way.
I've needed transfusions for anemia before when my hemoglobin was extremely low. It was amazing what a difference it made in my energy levels. Hopefully it will do the same for your mom.
|Posted: 10/25/2013 4:00:57 PM|
|Posted: 10/25/2013 4:59:46 PM|
My dad has to get transfusions every 4-5 weeks. He developed some kind of issue where basically his marrow makes stupid red blood cells that don't do their jobs or their misformed or something, so periodically he has to get a transfusion. There's a treatment for it, but of course why would insurance authorize an expensive treatment to fix it when they could pay even more for all those transfusions.
Anyway, just wanted to let you know there are non-cancerous things it could be.
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|Posted: 10/25/2013 5:04:35 PM|
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|Posted: 10/25/2013 5:15:16 PM|
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|Posted: 10/25/2013 5:17:19 PM|
My husband had severe anemia and had to have two blood transfusions due to his extremely low levels, he was also admitted to the hospital.
He did not have anything other than anemia. ((Hugs)) I know it can be really scary.
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|Posted: 10/25/2013 5:41:19 PM|
Praying for you and your family.
|Posted: 10/25/2013 7:28:55 PM|Thanks so much everyone. Sigh. My mom is very stubborn and got upset at the doctor over something and left and didn't have any treatment done. I am frustrated and worrying.
Thanks for the thoughts and prayers and responses.
|Posted: 10/25/2013 8:01:31 PM|Oh, why do people do things like that?
Yes, folks with anemia sometimes need to be hospitalized for transfusions.
I hope she figures out what's best for her medically and gets this taken care of.
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|Posted: 10/26/2013 8:04:33 AM|
Positive thoughts coming your way! I hope she changes her mind and goes back for treatment ....
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|Posted: 10/26/2013 8:10:08 AM|
Oh no! Hope she will get back in and get the care she needs. Hugs for you.
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|Posted: 10/26/2013 8:53:11 AM|I have a stubborn mom, too. My guess is, with her age, thyroid issues, plus being vegetarian is what is making her anemic. Prayers sent up that this treatment will make her feel 100 percent better.
|Posted: 10/26/2013 9:55:55 AM|I cannot even reason with her. I think this is making her more irrational than usual. She doesn't want to get in the "system." Apparently they wanted to send her to a bigger hospital to get the transfusion done which is pretty standard for this hospital she went to because they don't actually have any beds. They only have an ER. I guess it's basically urgent care, but they call themselves a hospital.
I think she's scared maybe?
Thanks you all so much for the thoughts and prayers and sharing stories with me. If you could, just keep praying for her. That she'll STOP being so stubborn. Life is so hard sometimes.