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#1 of 6 Old 10-04-2010, 06:29 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Because of my malabsorption (due to my weight-loss surgery), I have labs drawn frequently. My last labs were HIDEOUS! My hemoglobin was 8.9 ::squeak:: I've been tired lately but I didn't think it was that bad...

I saw my hematologist today and he said it's just because I'm pregnant that I can't hang on to my iron, and recommended infusions. He's totally on board with homebirth -- he even said he enjoyed BOBB -- but he wants my hemoglobin above 10 to do it safely.

So I'm going to the infusion lab 3x/week for the next month. Shouldn't be too bad -- the hardest thing is finding someone to watch my kids while I'm there -- and the results should last for several months. He thinks I can get up to at least 11 or 12 with infusions.

I can't even imagine what 11 or 12 feels like!

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Wow you must really be dragging! Because mine was 10.6, and I started taking Floradix 1 week ago, and, I hate to admit this because I think iron is kind of over emphasized, BUT, I feel soooooo much better. I'm still tired at night, and sleep like a log (a lot with frequent bathroom breaks) but I'm not running out of energy at 3 pm anymore. Hope it goes well!

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Wow, that's scary! Mine was 24 and now I'm trying extra hard to get extra iron with every meal. Hoping to avoid Floradix, which makes me gag

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24?!?! Do you mean hematocrit??? Hemoglobin range is 11.5-16.

I'm usually around 10-11, and I drag a little, nap daily, but getting under 9 has been ridiculous. My body just feels completely fatigued. We have a two-story house with the bedrooms upstairs, and every morning I try to make sure I have everything we need before we go downstairs because there's no way I'm making it back up!

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Wow. I was 10.9 at my visit last week and I could tell for a week or two that I had started to get really tired. I had forgotten to take my prenatal here and there and I can really tell that makes a huge difference.

I'm sure you're going to feel SO much better DoomaYula!

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I had my first infusion today. It was pretty boring overall! I got an IV of benadryl and then a quick infusion of some iron, then the nurses waited to see if I was allergic to it (I'm not). Apparently iron allergy is not uncommon -- it's similar to a nickel allergy which is fairly common. The benadryl made me so tired so I slept for a while while I got the full infusion. Other than that I watched TV and listened to my hypnobabies scripts.

I'm hoping that I don't have to have benadryl every time, because I felt like a zombie for the rest of the day.

However, I'm really looking forward to some energy!

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