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Mom update - stats I don't understand, but that are apparently bad...maybe? [Oct. 19th, 2010|03:17 pm]
Zoethe
Her hemoglobin was at 8.1 yesterday, so they gave her two pints of blood and by the evening it was up to a normal 10. This morning it was back down to 9.

They have no idea where the blood is going.

She's in for a colonoscopy now. And apparently surrounded by the medical equivalent of garage mechanics scratching their heads and shrugging their shoulders.
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[User Picture]From: hugh_mannity
2010-10-19 07:27 pm (UTC)
There's a lot more of that goes on in medicine than they like to let on.

One of my favorite diagnoses that never made the ICD-9 used to be COQ. It's an abbreviation for the Norfolk (England) expression "come over queer" which has nothing to do with one's sexuality but usually means "suddenly felt very unwell". The ER docs at the Norfolk and Norwich hospital used it a lot on X-ray request forms.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-10-19 07:31 pm (UTC)
That, I completely love.
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[User Picture]From: finding_helena
2010-10-19 07:44 pm (UTC)
Yeah... that's bad. I hope they find out what's wrong soon.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-10-19 08:14 pm (UTC)
It can't be pooling in her peritoneal cavity, because she's not in pain, and that's NOT a comfy thing to have happen. I told her to have them to check under the bed for oil leaks....

Trying not to worry....
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[User Picture]From: cyan_blue
2010-10-19 07:45 pm (UTC)
Thinking good thoughts for her...
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-10-19 08:15 pm (UTC)
Thanks. Why's it always gotta be mystery diseases with my family???
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[User Picture]From: cinema_babe
2010-10-19 07:46 pm (UTC)
Wow, I'm so sorry. Radiation complicated some red blood cell issues I already have so I'm on a lifelong course of IV iron a few times a year (which isn't as bad as it sounds but, feh).

Yeah, it shouldn't fall that quickly, it can take me from 1-3 months to love that much and that's because my body produces RBCs slowly.

Anyway, they've told me that normal for a post menopausal woman is 11-14 but they (or at least my hemotologist) prefers to see it in the 12-14 range. As a point of reference I am average high 10s-low 11s and generally have to get my tank filled if I'm 11 or lower.

I hope this is helpful to you. Best of luck to her (and you too!)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-10-19 08:16 pm (UTC)
Two pints only got her back up to 10 and it should be 11-14? Yikes....
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[User Picture]From: pachamama
2010-10-19 08:04 pm (UTC)
Where's Dr House when you need him?

Really hoping they figure this out soon.

Sending good thoughts your way.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-10-19 08:17 pm (UTC)
Dr. House don't work in Montana, that's for sure. And thanks.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-10-19 08:18 pm (UTC)
Well, bleeding ulcer is their current theory, but she has no blood remnants in her stool. And even low iron absorption shouldn't eat up a transfusion overnight.
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[User Picture]From: fortuna_juvat
2010-10-19 09:17 pm (UTC)
In my experience, older women are really excellent at bleeding in incomprehensible ways. When I heard the story, I put my odds on an ulcer, but there's always a possibility of a bleeding spot in the small intestine. All with negative fecal occult blood. :-P
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[User Picture]From: heathrow
2010-10-19 09:25 pm (UTC)
Agreed on older women. My mother and MIL both had this occur. One had various GI bleeds, the other had an AVM that was unknown previous to this (age 76!).

I am very sorry about your mother, and I hope they find it quickly.

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[User Picture]From: kyburg
2010-10-19 09:59 pm (UTC)
Montana? Has an MRI been ordered yet? Really damn good for finding these things, if you can get one.

Last time I had experience with someone bleeding that badly, it was hemorrhoids and he went into surgery to remove them tout de suite. (It was Jim and he went from 15 to 8 in five days.)

Hell. I'll go for spleenic something with a side order of hepatic whatsit.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-10-19 10:39 pm (UTC)
Have no idea. Won't know until she or my sister or niece call later. But thanks for the concern!
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[User Picture]From: horizonchaser
2010-10-19 10:41 pm (UTC)
Ugh. Hopefully, they'll get it found quickly. *hugs*
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-10-19 10:42 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: dana3
2010-10-20 12:08 am (UTC)
She's losing it somewhere. If not GI, next guesses are aneurysm, urine, brain, and damfino -- not necessarily in that order. Hope they find and fix it soon!! Snoopy hugs -- :Dana
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[User Picture]From: mariadkins
2010-10-20 12:11 am (UTC)
same here.
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[User Picture]From: evaleastaristev
2010-10-20 01:10 am (UTC)
I don't want to worry you, but this is reminding me of something that happened to my husbands grandmother. She was losing blood, they didn't know where, and it ended up being a VERY fast growing tumor on her kidney. It had grown so big, that when they went in to take out the "little" tumor, it had grown to the size of a softball and she ended up dying on the table when they couldn't get all the capillaries sealed.

Not that I think this is what's happening to your mother. But it's something to be asking the doc's about. So many places where that blood could be going.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-10-20 11:23 am (UTC)
How dreadful for you. I'm sorry. If today's round of tests come up with nothing, then I will suggest a CT scan to see if they can find anything.
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