My husband took me to the grocery store today. This is my 4th outing to shop. As with the others, after about 40 to 45 minutes of buggy pushing I found myself feeling faint and very tired and irritable. I seem to be able to walk about a mile which takes about 20 minutes and I don't get lightheaded but shopping seems to take more out of me.
I'm wondering if I may still be anemic? Or is this weakness just normal for some of us after this surgery? (I am, after all, 56) During my 6 hour procedure I did lose more blood than my surgeon would have liked but since my hemoglobin was not quite as low as an 8 (12-15 is normal), he decided against a transfusion. From what I've read, they don't like to do transfusions unless absolutely necessary. It was 8.5 when I was released.
I did try taking an iron supplement when I got home but believe me, the upset to my system was terrible! I was plugged up for a week!
Think I should see my regular doc and have my blood hemoglobin checked again or is this pretty normal for this surgery/recovery process? Kathy in Atlanta