After being diagnosed with anaemia-induced angina last Friday morning, I had a massive bleed into my stoma on Friday night – I lost about 5-600ml. Bronwen wanted me to go to the Emergency Department right away but since it was 10pm and the bleeding had stopped, I refrained.
The weekend was full with Abraham’s soccer on Saturday, church on Sunday, Abraham’s soccer prize-giving in the afternoon. On Monday I made breakfast for all, then took Becky to an appointment at the Public Hospital. In the afternoon I felt very listless so lay down. Eventually I decided I should contact my GP about having a blood test. At 4.30pm I received a phone call from the doctor saying he thought I should be admitted for another transfusion of blood. My haemoglobin was down to 64!
Over Monday night and Tuesday I received 5 units of blood. I also had anther Gastroscopy which revealed the ulcers were smaller but the overall duodenitis was inflamed. I was placed on a drip which fed some drug into me to help the lining recover. I had my scheduled CT scan on the Wednesday as an inpatient, the results of which I will receive next Monday. I was eventually released on Thursday morning. My haemoglobin had risen to 112 (the level for a normal male is between 130 & 180).
I’m still expecting a good result from the CT scan as I feel fine apart from the occasional bleed and anaemia neither of which seems to be cancer related.