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Dave the Gnome 30 Jan 13 - 06:02 PM
maeve 30 Jan 13 - 06:20 PM
GUEST,999 30 Jan 13 - 06:29 PM
Ebbie 30 Jan 13 - 07:03 PM
YorkshireYankee 30 Jan 13 - 07:04 PM
SINSULL 30 Jan 13 - 07:35 PM
Bobert 30 Jan 13 - 07:47 PM
Sandra in Sydney 30 Jan 13 - 07:58 PM
bobad 30 Jan 13 - 08:08 PM
ChanteyLass 30 Jan 13 - 09:20 PM
Janie 30 Jan 13 - 09:27 PM
gnu 30 Jan 13 - 09:45 PM
dick greenhaus 30 Jan 13 - 11:07 PM
Sandra in Sydney 30 Jan 13 - 11:37 PM
Joybell 31 Jan 13 - 02:00 AM
fat B****rd 31 Jan 13 - 02:57 AM
Dave the Gnome 31 Jan 13 - 04:05 AM
John MacKenzie 31 Jan 13 - 04:22 AM
GUEST,Eliza 31 Jan 13 - 05:49 AM
Leadfingers 31 Jan 13 - 06:11 AM
Monique 31 Jan 13 - 06:24 AM
catspaw49 31 Jan 13 - 08:22 PM
Bobert 31 Jan 13 - 08:30 PM
catspaw49 31 Jan 13 - 08:36 PM
Bobert 31 Jan 13 - 08:46 PM
Sandra in Sydney 31 Jan 13 - 08:59 PM
Jack Campin 31 Jan 13 - 09:24 PM
catspaw49 31 Jan 13 - 09:31 PM
Ebbie 31 Jan 13 - 09:49 PM
Bobert 31 Jan 13 - 09:57 PM
MikeL2 01 Feb 13 - 09:30 AM
jacqui.c 01 Feb 13 - 11:25 AM
Will Fly 01 Feb 13 - 11:35 AM
GUEST,DtG on hospital puter 01 Feb 13 - 11:49 AM
Donuel 01 Feb 13 - 05:11 PM
ChanteyLass 01 Feb 13 - 11:46 PM
YorkshireYankee 02 Feb 13 - 09:06 AM
GUEST,DtG still in hospital and... 02 Feb 13 - 11:31 AM
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GUEST,DtG hanging in there 04 Feb 13 - 03:44 PM
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Subject: BS: Wish me luck! Anemia tests...
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 30 Jan 13 - 06:02 PM

Went to the docs on Thursday with realty bad pains in my leg and general knackeredness. He sent me for a blood test on Monday then today called to say I need to go to hospital for futher tests on severe anemia:-( I am going tomorrow. I can see a number of possibilities -

The pains in the leg are a thrombosis - Which I am prone to - and that can exacerbate anemic conditions. Hopefully some anti-coagulant treatment will help.

The anemia could also be a result of months (probably years) of not sleeping. I had tests for obstructive sleep apnea which proved positive. At one point my SATS were 90%. All, according to what I read, making hemoglobin counts drop. Come Monday I am hoping to fitted up with a CPAP machine.

There is an unknown bleed somewhere - Quite possibly in the stomach as I do take lots of other meds, including aspirin, for various conditions.

A combination of some or all the above.

I am quite happy with my health otherwise. No weight loss (I wish!) no blood coming out of anywhere it shouldn't. Blood pressure fine. Heart rate high but steady.

Anyway - I am sure good wishes provide positive vibes (man) so keep 'em coming and I will keep you posted. I have to be better by the 15th of Feb anyway as we are moving house!

Cheers

DtG


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From: maeve
Date: 30 Jan 13 - 06:20 PM

Best wishes for excellent treatment and steady improvement!


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From: GUEST,999
Date: 30 Jan 13 - 06:29 PM

Ditto that, Dave.


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From: Ebbie
Date: 30 Jan 13 - 07:03 PM

Are you sure, Dave, that you haven't entered menopause? ;) That happened to me. I became severely anaemic- my main symptom was cramping calf muscles when I walked even a hundred yards.

In any case, may your symptoms be swiftly ameliorated as the benign cause is discovered and dealt with.


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Subject: RE: BS: Wish me luck! Anaemia tests...
From: YorkshireYankee
Date: 30 Jan 13 - 07:04 PM

Good luck to you! Hope it turns out to be an easy fix.


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Subject: RE: BS: Wish me luck! Anaemia tests...
From: SINSULL
Date: 30 Jan 13 - 07:35 PM

Have your thyroid checked while they are poking around. It is often the culprit.
And be well!
Mary


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Subject: RE: BS: Wish me luck! Anaemia tests...
From: Bobert
Date: 30 Jan 13 - 07:47 PM

Eat lots of leafy green stuff... Spinach, kale, mustard greens, collards, beet tops, etc... Eat 'um!!!

Oh, and take some potassium supplements, too, just in case the leg pains are related to potassium deficiency...

And wishing you good health, happiness, beautiful women swooning over you and infinite wisdom...

But eat the greens, ya' hear???

B~


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Subject: RE: BS: Wish me luck! Anaemia tests...
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 30 Jan 13 - 07:58 PM

excellent advice from Bobert & if your kale is the same as our kale (nasty & bitter) here's a recipe from a friend sent me for Massaged Kale which is soft & yummy & delicious!

best wishes

sandra


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Subject: RE: BS: Wish me luck! Anaemia tests...
From: bobad
Date: 30 Jan 13 - 08:08 PM

If you are taking anti-coagulants avoid greens high in vitamin K which is contraindicated.


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Subject: RE: BS: Wish me luck! Anaemia tests...
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 30 Jan 13 - 09:20 PM

Good wishes for good results of your tests. Wherever this mystery bleeding is occurring, I hope it can be fixed easily.


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Subject: RE: BS: Wish me luck! Anaemia tests...
From: Janie
Date: 30 Jan 13 - 09:27 PM

Get well and be well!


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From: gnu
Date: 30 Jan 13 - 09:45 PM

Kale and such are great recommedations. I suggested putting such along with extra mozzerella on a pizza with the works and baking it until a wee bit of "burnt" wafts from the oven.

In any case... no weight change, good BP and so on... I would say, given my exprience, which has NO bearing upon your experience so this is simple conjecture, from what you have said, if you can sort out the sleeping disorder, Bob's yer uncle. ONE precaution/question... did an ENT chck you out? Sleep disorders can be caused by many things. I had turbinate reduction surgery (took FIVE years to get that diagnosed and "done"!!! ... wish I had gotten it 5 to 10 years ago!). Screw the CPAP! FOR ME. But, every case on it's own merits, eh?

Best of luck with all of it.


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Subject: RE: BS: Wish me luck! Anaemia tests...
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 30 Jan 13 - 11:07 PM

Dave-
Been there (& still may be, I think).
No indications of internal bleeding (thoroughly tested, including swallowing a tiny TV transmitter, and having its progress reorded from one end of my alimentary canal to the other.)

Finally got diagnosed as Chronic Low Level Leukemia. No cure, but perioic injections of Procrit seemed to keep things under control. Had one later episode (possibly related to a transfusion) where I was diagnosed as having anibodies which were eating my red blood cells. Treated with prednisone (which left me for several months with great blood cells surrounded by a total wreck. I've been stable for several months, now.

Don't give up the ship.


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Subject: RE: BS: Wish me luck! Anaemia tests...
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 30 Jan 13 - 11:37 PM

best wishes to you, too Dick


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From: Joybell
Date: 31 Jan 13 - 02:00 AM

Best wishes from down here too. Must try that massaged kale.


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Subject: RE: BS: Wish me luck! Anaemia tests...
From: fat B****rd
Date: 31 Jan 13 - 02:57 AM

Best regards, DtG.
Charlie


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Subject: RE: BS: Wish me luck! Anaemia tests...
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 31 Jan 13 - 04:05 AM

Thanks all - Off soon. Hope I will be able to update you later but if they keep me in I will get back ASAP.

Keep the vibes pouring in!

:D


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Subject: RE: BS: Wish me luck! Anaemia tests...
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 31 Jan 13 - 04:22 AM

Is anaemic, an Irishman that only comes halfway up yer leg?



Sorry Dave, hope they find the cause, and hence, the cure.


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Subject: RE: BS: Wish me luck! Anaemia tests...
From: GUEST,Eliza
Date: 31 Jan 13 - 05:49 AM

Dave, you're jumping the gun by trying to explain your problems in worst-case scenarios. I advise you to wait until the test results come through, and go by what the doctor tells you. Straightforward anaemia can easily be treated and rectified. As your 'functions' seem relatively normal, I wouldn't get too worried. At least you've done the sensible thing and sought advice in the right place. I sincerely wish you well, and hope that a diagnosis will be made soon, and you can be whizzing about fit as a flea once more. Eliza x


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Subject: RE: BS: Wish me luck! Anaemia tests...
From: Leadfingers
Date: 31 Jan 13 - 06:11 AM

Bloody Good Luck mate


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From: Monique
Date: 31 Jan 13 - 06:24 AM

Good luck, Dave!


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Subject: RE: BS: Wish me luck! Anaemia tests...
From: catspaw49
Date: 31 Jan 13 - 08:22 PM

Dick G....Very happy things are working for you. And Dave....hang in.

As for me, well............

After several weeks of testing and transfusions I have been being treated for the past 5 weeks with weekly shots for Myeloplastic Dysplasia. Basically, the bone marrow isn't producing the required red blood cells. The drug, Aronesp, isn't working as much as we had hoped but it seems to have started to do a bit of something.   The Doc wasn't pleased however and we're upping the dose for a month and see how it goes. I hope the progress keeps up. If not we will start on Vizada, a form of Chemo, which knocks out the nasties and allows the goodies......or something like that....LOL.....Anyway, the MPDS that I have can and probably will develop into Leukemia but of a type that doesn't respond well to treatment. The Vizada is about the only thing which has shown doing much both in terms of forestalling the onset of the Leukemia and improving to some degree the morbidity rates.

So we're going along for now and seeing what is working. Hopefully the Aranesp does better and we'll move on from there. Whatever it is and however it goes, we're taking it one step at a time.



Spaw


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Subject: RE: BS: Wish me luck! Anaemia tests...
From: Bobert
Date: 31 Jan 13 - 08:30 PM

How about bone marrow transplant, Spawz???

If so, count me in as a potential donor...

B~


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Subject: RE: BS: Wish me luck! Anaemia tests...
From: catspaw49
Date: 31 Jan 13 - 08:36 PM

Generally not successful with this type of Leuk....But thanks for the offer. Howzabout a big wet kiss instead?

Spaw


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Subject: RE: BS: Wish me luck! Anaemia tests...
From: Bobert
Date: 31 Jan 13 - 08:46 PM

Let's just make it a cyber one... Homey don't mind swapping marrow but spit ain't marrow...

B~


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Subject: RE: BS: Wish me luck! Anaemia tests...
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 31 Jan 13 - 08:59 PM

best wishes, spaw


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Subject: RE: BS: Wish me luck! Anaemia tests...
From: Jack Campin
Date: 31 Jan 13 - 09:24 PM

Vidaza, not Vizada.

Hang in there, Spaw.


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Subject: RE: BS: Wish me luck! Anaemia tests...
From: catspaw49
Date: 31 Jan 13 - 09:31 PM

Damn......Now I'm dyslexic too...............LOL.....Thanks Jack and thanks Sandra too!


Spaw


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Subject: RE: BS: Wish me luck! Anaemia tests...
From: Ebbie
Date: 31 Jan 13 - 09:49 PM

Spaw, you need to write a book on keeping on keeping on. Your experience is the ultimate- I'm so glad you've got it down.


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Subject: RE: BS: Wish me luck! Anaemia tests...
From: Bobert
Date: 31 Jan 13 - 09:57 PM

Actually, I think that most of the folks here got a book in 'um... Yet, rather than bang on the keys and do it they bang on 'um, come here and put it off...

I'm guilty...

B~


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Subject: RE: BS: Wish me luck! Anaemia tests...
From: MikeL2
Date: 01 Feb 13 - 09:30 AM

hi

Best wishes Dave - hope things turn out OK.

And best wishes to Spaw too. A great survivor.

Regards

MikeL2


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Subject: RE: BS: Wish me luck! Anaemia tests...
From: jacqui.c
Date: 01 Feb 13 - 11:25 AM

Lots of healing thoughts going out to Dave, Dick and Spaw.

xxxxxxxxx


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Subject: RE: BS: Wish me luck! Anaemia tests...
From: Will Fly
Date: 01 Feb 13 - 11:35 AM

"Dave, Dick and Spaw" - sounds like a comedy duo with a pet puppy. Got a TV series yet?

Whatever you might be, I wish you all the very best of treatments - and I hope they all work.

By the way, cavolo nero is a nice alternative to kale - less bitter and more akin to spinach.


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Subject: RE: BS: Wish me luck! Anaemia tests...
From: GUEST,DtG on hospital puter
Date: 01 Feb 13 - 11:49 AM

...with crap keyboard. thanks agaiin all. looks like i'll be here till tusday. got anemia and a clot so they need to make sure i don't bleed with the anti coags. tuesday is my birthday so they are giving me a colonoscopy :) hopefuly it will be clear so i should be able to go home then.

dick and spaw. lets get togeher for an illness club!

may post 2moz.

DtG


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Subject: RE: BS: Wish me luck! Anaemia tests...
From: Donuel
Date: 01 Feb 13 - 05:11 PM

Do they ever recommend iron supplements or other blood enhancements?

In the meantime internalize everthing it feels like to be feeling great on a beautiful June day. Even the medicine will feel happier to enjoy June in all its bounty and detail. I have always trusted the mind to remind the body of how good it feels to remember feeling good just like June. Good reminders day and night help the body feel

just sayin
right on dude

get
well
soon.




PS
A healthy person has more individual helpful bacteria than individual human cells.
For my money if my bacteria are happy, so am I. Like the saying happy wife happy life, we are more than ourselves.


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Subject: RE: BS: Wish me luck! Anaemia tests...
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 01 Feb 13 - 11:46 PM

Good luck with the colonoscopy! And I hope that you do get sent home soon!


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Subject: RE: BS: Wish me luck! Anaemia tests...
From: YorkshireYankee
Date: 02 Feb 13 - 09:06 AM

Fingers crossed for all three of you.


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Subject: RE: BS: Wish me luck! Anaemia tests...
From: GUEST,DtG still in hospital and...
Date: 02 Feb 13 - 11:31 AM

...bored, bored, bored. Just lost a long rant. Not typing it in again. Boils down to, seeing as they are not monitoring anything, why don't they just send me home? Anyway, rang my mate and had a good laugh. Seem to have got the knack of this keyboard. Having a good rest. Things looking up. Keep your fingers crossed on Tuesday.

Cheers

Dave


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Subject: RE: BS: Wish me luck! Anaemia tests...
From: catspaw49
Date: 02 Feb 13 - 12:53 PM

Happy Birthday to you
Drink this stuff and you'll poo
Now here's your big present
A hose up your kazoo.


Spaw


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Subject: RE: BS: Wish me luck! Anaemia tests...
From: GUEST,DtG hanging in there
Date: 04 Feb 13 - 03:44 PM

Wow, Spaw. I'll treasure that forever. Nicest thing anyone has ever said to me:-)

Feeling fine. Well flushed out! If they will do a still photo of my insides I will post it.

Cheers

DtG


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Subject: RE: BS: Wish me luck! Anaemia tests...
From: gnu
Date: 04 Feb 13 - 05:41 PM

"...why don't they just send me home?"

Relax. Enjoy it. Savour the culinary delights. Cat with the nurses and the other inmates. Just have fun.

If ya don't like bluegrass, click this... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thvp8hwdDEQ

If ya like bluegrass, ya GOTTA click it.

Trust me. And ya oughta turn the sound up and alert the other infirmed because these guys are funny as all get out and they are tremendous musicians and vocalists.


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Subject: RE: BS: Wish me luck! Anaemia tests...
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 04 Feb 13 - 06:05 PM

DtG-
I believe that the "illness club" you suggest is more properly termed a "organ recital." Which should move any such discussion above the line.


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Subject: RE: BS: Wish me luck! Anaemia tests...
From: catspaw49
Date: 04 Feb 13 - 07:54 PM

I dunno about this club thing. We used to have an "Aneurysm Club" but,uh....Well ....... Fist LR Mole went over........then Little John Cameron.......... and the rest of us decided we'd disband!


Spaw


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Subject: RE: BS: Wish me luck! Anaemia tests...
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 04 Feb 13 - 10:22 PM

Toss the Doc and the meds for the next 14 weeks of spring.

Eat the abundance of fresh green...walk 6k plus a day...ditch the alcohol.

GARGOYLE

Then get retested....many do much more for lent....this is not a "lifestyle change"... but a simple study of your body


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Subject: RE: BS: Wish me luck! Anaemia tests...
From: gnu
Date: 05 Feb 13 - 08:45 PM

Why can't you post in a text we can see without highlighting it? Ye fancy yersel a dandy? You ain't. That crap proves it... every time YOU think it's cute, I think it's stunned as me arse and I doubt anyone else thinks otherwise except ye.


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Subject: RE: BS: Wish me luck! Anaemia tests...
From: Janie
Date: 05 Feb 13 - 10:15 PM

Did you enjoy your birthday present, DtG?

Still sending good thoughts.


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Subject: RE: BS: Wish me luck! Anaemia tests...
From: katlaughing
Date: 05 Feb 13 - 11:12 PM

DtG, hope Tuesday has been good to you. I;m glad you figured out how to keep us posted.

gnu, thanks for the link. It was great!


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Subject: RE: BS: Wish me luck! Anaemia tests...
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 06 Feb 13 - 04:11 AM

Got back home around 5pm GMT to the family waiting with a birthday cake - Lovely homecoming and a grand night :-) Can't say I actualy enjoyed the 'birthday present', Janie, but I can't say it was too bad. Managed it without sedation and I can honestly say I have has more discomfort after a hot curry!

So, out of hospital. Feeling fit. Garg - Certainly taking some of your advice although with still being employed I will find 6k a day a bit amibitious. The booze will certainly go way down and the greens way up. I'll probably need some iron supplement for a time and, for now, I am still on Heperin for the blood clot. Hoping to ditch that soon although I am sure the doc will want me on Wareferin for a while. Trouble is, with what we are told by the medics, we are scared of not taking medication altogether but I can see the benefit of minimising it.

Anyroads, oddly enough, I had today booked as holiday anyway. So I am going to treat it as such and put my feet up :-) I'll keep you all posted on this, and our house move, as and when things happen. Thanks again for all the wishes and for helping keep me sane in the hospital :-)

Cheers

DtG


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Subject: RE: BS: Wish me luck! Anaemia tests...
From: maeve
Date: 06 Feb 13 - 04:36 AM

Welcome home!


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Subject: RE: BS: Wish me luck! Anaemia tests...
From: Jack Campin
Date: 06 Feb 13 - 05:10 AM

The booze will certainly go way down and the greens way up. I'll probably need some iron supplement for a time and, for now, I am still on Heperin for the blood clot. Hoping to ditch that soon although I am sure the doc will want me on Wareferin for a while.

Beware. The vitamin K content of greens can interfere with the action of warfarin. You need to keep your intake of both stable - people on warfarin have died from binges on cabbage.


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