Re: Blood Transfusion & Low Blood Count
Hi Precious. I also had 2 units of blood in the hours after a cervical fusion as my hematocrit had dropped to 24(norm is 36). A lot of blood loss. Had 4 units after having both knees replaced at the same time.
But how you feel now has to do with the very deep anesthesia they use for cervical or lumbar surgery. Anyone on the Back or Spinal Cord Disorders boards will tell you just how lousy they felt for a good month plus after surgery.
In order to make sure you don't move even a fraction of a millimeter during surgery, they knock you out really deeply. Can't afford the slightest twitch when they are working around the spinal cord.
And the result is that the liver has a really tough and long time getting those chemicals out of your system. And you pay the price by feeling like he!!.
To help with your anemia from the blood loss, I discovered that if you take your iron pills with a Vit. C supplement, it will be more readily absorbed. It was suggested at least 500mgs be taken with each iron pill and I did exactly that and it worked. Brought my levels up rather quickly.
Spine surgery is a marathon, not a sprint. Takes a good year plus to fully recover and depending on how big a surgery, 2 years. My knees and my second neck surgery both took 2 years. You are only a week into a long journey.
Have any questions, I'm around.
Take care and big hugs..........Jenny