The following is an edited email from my sister. Anybody have experience with that sort of thing?
Finally saw the doctor yesterday morning. Was I in for a surprise with this visit? Oh yes, I was. When I got there, they immediately drew blood to run their tests. The Dr. came in the room with the results. He says, “I don’t know why but, the tests show that you’ve lost 2 units of blood since the last blood work up we did on you last year!” Very surprising. He wrote up some paperwork that he gave me and said, “I want you to go immediately to the hospital where they will cross match your blood and give you a blood transfusion, ASAP.” Never had that done before. At least now I know why I’ve been so tired for so long.
So, yesterday at noon, I was at the hospital getting taken care of by the hospital. They also ran a CT scan on my stomach. I was finally released at around 7:30 PM and my husband took me home. I have to go back to the doctor’s office and have blood drawn again to see how the new blood is working itself into my system. Then next week, I go in for another check up to see how I’m doing, plus, find out the results of the X-Rays. Keep them prayers going, please.
My guess is that her problem is anemia. Red cells are being lost (probably to internal bleeding) and not being replaced.
I don’t know how the doctor could figure that two units of blood were missing–seems to me as though anyone missing two units of blood would be powerfully thirsty–but the tests would show that red cells, white cells and platelets were missing and these could be replaced through transfusion.
She is most probably anemic, Edgar. It could be from internal bleeding or it could just be from another cause altogether. There are different types of anemia. The CT scan will show whether she has any GI bleeding or if they need to search for a different cause. In the meantime the two units they gave her will perk her up quit a bit, I’d imagine.
The tests they ran probably included a red blood cell count, white blood cell count, platelet count, hematocrit, and hemoglobin. The rbc count and h&h are used to assess anemia. These counts must have indicated that she would need about two units of blood to bring her back to a normal range. The dr will probably continue to moniter her rbc and h&h values to see if she is continuing to lose red cells (or if she’s stopped producing enough of them on her own).