I’ve always been weak stomached. As a teenager I can recall leg shaving nicks that would result in me running from the bathroom in a towel screaming for a sister to grab a bandaid before passing out on my bed dripping wet (my sisters like to remind me of that too). Pregnancies were difficult in the sense that each blood test came with the possiblity of me ending up on the floor so I was dubbed ‘the bed blood tester’ by my family and would always lie down to have blood taken. As a mother of three young boys I’ve come across many skinned knees, bloody loose teeth and head bumps that result in ‘bleeds’, and I’ve coped with all of them, until another adult takes over and then I pass out. *sigh*
Fast forward to now and last weeks blood test (yep I passed out in the chair). I’m currently awaiting test results for hemochromatosis. My original blood tests, for a rash, showed that I have high iron levels in my blood and thus the search for the culprit. For those who don’t know hemochromatosis is an iron overloading disorder where basically your body struggles to get rid of excess iron and begins to store it which in the long term can do damage to your liver and heart amongst other things. The treatment for this disorder, wait for it, is venesection or regularly taking blood (aprox. 500mls) weekly or fortnightly until iron levels are at a normal level and then upto four times a year to maintain for the rest of your life. *faints!* I guess I’m looking for ideas/support on how I can deal with this if my results come back positive (I now know a relative also has the condition so it’s possible). I’ve forever heard ‘you’ll be right’ or ‘it’s just blood’, I wish it were that easy! I’m still a week out from my results and ‘blood’ is on my mind constantly now. Any ideas would be much appreciated!
Thanks in advance
Posted by mom56394, 7th May 2014