Scared and worried and would appreciate prayers and good thoughts

Two Peas is Closing
Click here to visit our final product sale. Click here to visit our FAQ page regarding the closing of Two Peas.

Posted 10/25/2013 by janet r in NSBR Board

janet r

PeaNut 22,327
October 2001
Posts: 4,278
Layouts: 17

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.

pea'rific teacher Union President

PeaNut 164,125
August 2004
Posts: 23,833
Layouts: 0
Loc: Western NY

Posted: 10/25/2013 2:27:51 PM
Yes sometimes they do need a transfusion. Prayers that this is all it is

Some people only dream of angels, I have held one in my arms.

Ancient Ancestor of Pea

PeaNut 211,902
June 2005
Posts: 6,054
Layouts: 2

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!

Regina Phalange

PeaNut 369,340
March 2008
Posts: 3,335
Layouts: 0
Loc: Steeler Country!

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.


"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." - Maya Angelou

Ask me about backups!

PeaNut 468,133
May 2010
Posts: 7,204
Layouts: 0

Posted: 10/25/2013 2:48:56 PM
You got it. Hopefully that is all it is.


PeaNut 294,285
January 2007
Posts: 2,833
Layouts: 1
Loc: Minnesota

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.



PeaNut 544,018
February 2012
Posts: 2,407
Layouts: 1

Posted: 10/25/2013 3:24:02 PM
Positive thoughts and prayers for you, your mother, and your family.

*Stop the glorification of busy*


PeaNut 184,329
January 2005
Posts: 1,200
Layouts: 4
Loc: Central Texas

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.

"Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle."
Jackie's Weight Loss Surgery Blog

Ancient Ancestor of Pea

PeaNut 290,201
January 2007
Posts: 12,947
Layouts: 0

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.


PeaNut 12,171
March 2001
Posts: 2,078
Layouts: 0

Posted: 10/25/2013 4:00:57 PM
Prayers said!


PeaNut 183,939
January 2005
Posts: 687
Layouts: 3

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.

Thread Killer Extraordinaire

PeaNut 29,166
February 2002
Posts: 6,400
Layouts: 12
Loc: BFE

Posted: 10/25/2013 5:04:35 PM


* Harmony *
Puddle Jumper

PeaNut 62,131
January 2003
Posts: 20,822
Layouts: 126
Loc: Tennessee

Posted: 10/25/2013 5:15:16 PM
Prayer said.

Capt. Sparrow's Pirate Wench

PeaNut 217,886
August 2005
Posts: 16,684
Layouts: 44

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.


"You can make excuses or you can make progress but you can't make both."

Mary Kay Lady
I'm thinking . . .

PeaNut 367,913
March 2008
Posts: 5,459
Layouts: 0
Loc: The state of Confusion!

Posted: 10/25/2013 5:41:19 PM

Praying for you and your family.


janet r

PeaNut 22,327
October 2001
Posts: 4,278
Layouts: 17

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.

Happy now?

PeaNut 156,993
July 2004
Posts: 46,562
Layouts: 13
Loc: Connecticut

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.

Adam Lambert is my gay boyfriend!

PeaNut 34,268
March 2002
Posts: 14,189
Layouts: 0
Loc: Calgary, Alberta

Posted: 10/26/2013 8:04:33 AM
Positive thoughts coming your way! I hope she changes her mind and goes back for treatment ....



PeaNut 183,117
January 2005
Posts: 3,838
Layouts: 24
Loc: Middle of the USA

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.


Ancient Ancestor of Pea

PeaNut 250,388
February 2006
Posts: 6,824
Layouts: 0
Loc: Between MoTown and the Glass City

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.


My blog

janet r

PeaNut 22,327
October 2001
Posts: 4,278
Layouts: 17

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.
Show/Hide Icons . Show/Hide Signatures
{{ title }}
{{ icon }}
{{ body }}
{{ footer }}