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The first month I did chemo my while blood cells and A/N took a big hit.  I was down to an A/N of 800 and a total white count of just over 2,000.

 

I did the first round of chemo in this month last Thursday and had my blood drawn for tomorrow’s chemo.  My A/N are up to 2.7 and my total white count is 4.0…..really good, but hold your horses, now my H&H is down to 26!  I am anemic.   They will still do my chemo until that number gets down to 23 (I think that is the bottom).  I am taking 45 mg of iron a day and I just added molasses a couple times a day (high in iron) today.  Other than eating red meat and broccoli, does anyone have tips on building red blood cells?  Mine have never been this low….

 

My doc doesn't want to use Procrit because of the active cancer in my bone marrow.  He said if I get too low they would give me a transfusion, which freaks me out.  Have any of you ever had to get blood?

 

At least now I know why I am feeling tired…..

 

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Deb... hmmm.. seems you got some really good Iron sources, then there is the dreaded LIVER.... I love it but some don't... wish I had more ..hugs my friend... do your vitamins have iron added?

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LOLOL  I would have to be a deaths door to try the liver!  Just can't do it....
 
I am taking 250% of the daily requirement of iron in a pill.  If I take any more....well.....let's just say my body turns into a brick factory!
 
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I can tell you that giving/getting blood isn't like it used to be.  They screen the donors MUCH better, and they screen the blood too.  You can look up the stats for your hospital at the state health department (at least I THINK you can) and see how many problems they've had with blood.  My husband had to have blood, and we were really worried about it.  But we were reassured.  Check with someone in your hospital that you can trust.
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Deb - the link will take you to list - I clicked on "what foods provide iron" and then it gives a list with the servings and the amount of iron.  Hope it helps.

Hugs,  Brenda


http://www.ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/iron.asp

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Deb - when my dad was so sick in the fall, he received 4 or so units of blood.  Also a friend of mine who had leukemia also received several units of blood.  I've given blood (before BC) but never received it.  Like Fancy said, they screen donors stringently.  Hugs to you.  Karen

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Deb,
I was told not all iron supplements are created equal. I took SloFE, it's a slow release.
Take Vitamin C as well as this helps the absorption of iron.
You are such a trooper!!! Thinking of you!

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I heard the same thing....be careful with supplements. check with your doctor for which one to take.

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