For the last couple of weeks I've mentioned my PH symptoms have been very prominent, this is usually because my iron levels are low. When my iron levels are low, my PH comes out at it's worst! I get very breathless, meaning I struggle to walk from my bed to the bathroom, I look like a 'ghost', I'm extremely tired every day and my body pain becomes chronic - so yeah, I feel pretty rough!
On the 5th November I went to my local hospital, Broomfield and went had my bloods taken to check my iron levels. I hate having my blood taken, even though it's something I have to do quite often, but my veins are some of the worst collapsing veins ever and so I panic and get myself stressed EVERY time... just for a blood test!
Anyway, I got through it okay and a few weeks later, my results were through and low and behold my iron levels were severely low. My results showed 9 - I should be 15.....!!
I am really thankful to the Royal Brompton hospital, because with their help, they have arranged for me to now have iron infusions at Broomfield hospital, instead of trekking to and from London every 6 months. So on Friday 23rd I went and had my iron infusion. As I said earlier, my veins and needles do not go together, so yes I was an absolute wreck by the time I had to have a cannula inserted in my arm.
Anyway, back to hospital, my nurse that day was lovely and because she wasn't sure if she'd find my vein first time she went and found the Vein Finder!!! A machine I've never seen or had used on me before, but my goodness it's a life saver for me. The nurse found a big, juicy vein in my right arm and went straight to it with the needle. The cannula went in straight away and all stress was gone! The iron infusion began and I chilled out and waited for the iron to be pumped around my body.
So the infusion is all over! I haven't got a bruise, unlike other infusions, and now it's time to allow it to get into my system properly and for my symptoms of PH to subside. It'll take around 6 weeks to be taken in fully, but I am feeling more energised already! My next hospital visit is in January at the Royal Brompton, for my usual PH clinic... until then, onwards and upwards! 👍
Thanks for reading!