Photo by Gift Habeshaw on Unsplash. [Image description: A lit birthday candle in the shape of a 1 atop of a cake we can’t really see. The background is blurred.]
As we approach the one-year anniversary of the day I had my first iron infusion, it seems fitting to announce that my final iron infusion was last month! Well, I shouldn’t say final
. I’m sure I’ll need them again eventually because my body is always finding new and clever ways to screw me. However, until/unless my levels drop again, I’ve got one less thing on my chronic illness plate. I’ll still be visiting that office for my local hematology appointments, and a bag of IV saline as needed.
Today’s (yesterday, for you guys) hematology appointment was to see where my levels were at and discuss my low Factor VIII count. Though this typically indicates some kind of clotting disorder, we think I’m low due to my blood type, which is either O or O+. If that’s the case, then my low count is actually considered normal! I got my blood drawn today to double check my type and explore Von Willebrand Disease a little further, even though my initial test was in the normal range. You can never be too careful with these things!
The anniversary of my first iron infusion is at the end of July. You can read all about that day here!