The new hematologist seems great. She's got an awesome personality, she's funny and warm. It's actually more funny though - when I went in there - I am brand new never met the woman - and she says:
"You didn't have a gastric bypass or anything, right?"
LMFAO. The nurse is all, "Read the chart."
She looked half-mortified for a moment.
Apparently young, otherwise 'healthy' younger women make up a large portion of a hematologists caseload. Every hematologist I meet tells me stories about people who've had gastric bypass and gotten sick.
My first hematologist basically inferred that I chose to "do this to myself" (have the bypass and get sick) when I first went with my blood level at 23. Initially I was pissed when I heard that. But. I got over it.
My blood draw from the end of November was decent.
My anemia was borderline, not so bad at all, my ferritin (long term iron stores) are always the toilet, but HCT and HGB were low normal, which is where it is all the time, even with IV iron treatment.
Everything else was actually fine aside from my low Vitamin D. B12 was normal. Protein normal, nothing out of range, and a full panel was drawn, as I asked - begged for. Nothing in the panel was out of range that SHE saw. Good. I did not get a copy. But, it was old.
(Though, I am going to make for DAMN SURE that the bariatric doctor I see on Friday checks every. little. detail. since I am looking for a trigger for my neurological problems. There are many trace elements than can be tested.)
*Because, right after I wrote this? I had a complex partial seizure.
We took a new draw, of course, and set up a iron infusion for next week.