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   Posted 3/9/2005 11:32 AM (GMT -7)   
I had what's called a D&E.  It's over.  I bled a lot and needed two units transfused.  My first time and scary.  I stayed overnight, then we drove home in a bad snowstorm, but I had the bed in the van to lay down on. 
I'm not so good.  Didn't get to sleep last night until 5:30 am.  My mind was racing.  I went out this morning and bought some stuff for projects around here that I can have some fun with.  I'm glad I have the rest of the week off, I'm pretty strung out.  I go back to the docs on Monday.  My hemocrit is still low and I need iron, which I'm taking.  I need to know what foods to eat that are high in iron, so if anyone can chime in, that would be good.
I'm going to make a play station for the cockateil with DH in the shop this afternoon.  I bought one and he sent me back with it, saying we could make it in a half hour.  Maybe I'll forgive him for what he's not this century.   Not likely today, though. sad
Seeing the shrink tomorrow.
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." -Confucius


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   Posted 3/9/2005 12:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Hugs Ellen
I'm glad it's over. So sorry that you are feeling so bad. As for the iron, they gave me really strong iron pills during chemo. I don't think they said there was anything in particular that I was to eat. I hated the iron pills though. Really upset my stomach as I remember.
DH sounds like my EXDH. He says that all of the time. He made my last cat tree after he saw how much they cost. My shrink has done a lot for me. Otherwise, I probably would be married now. That would not have worked for either of us. I like her a lot and we have the same birthday.
Hope you will feel much better soon. Love, Di

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   Posted 3/9/2005 12:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Ellen, start eating your spinach & liver. I eat beans (black beans have alot of iron). I buy all different colors, white, black, pink , rinse, chop a tomato, scallion if you like, fresh parsley and a tiny bit of garlic. Mix, toss with olive oil and whatever kind of vinegar you like, or lemon juice. It makes a nice bean salad and has a great deal of iron. If I think of more, I will write ya.


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   Posted 3/9/2005 12:41 PM (GMT -7)   
LIVER, Dark Green Leafy Vegetables, Beets, Red meats are all high in iron. Iron pills are hard on your stomache and very constipating usually.

Glad you are home and I sure hope you are resting now and not doing too much for awhile. After some good rest then have fun with your projects.

I'm headed to my recliner to knit. I did that yesterday and ended up taking a two hour nap. LOL

Take care my friend, if DH gets out of hand, let me know and I will send the slugger.

Hugs and prayers, MK

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   Posted 3/9/2005 1:44 PM (GMT -7)   

Broccoli is so high in iron. Blanch it in a little chicken broth and yum, it is so good. Yes, oh beans, my favorite. Put a little bit of soda in the mix to help with the tootin'.

I have you in my prayers Ellen that you realize the Grace God is giving you.

Love you and many big hugs,


 Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of one's friend springs from his earnest counsel.

Proverbs 27:9

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   Posted 3/9/2005 2:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Ellen

Glad you are okay and made it home safe and sound. Please take it
easy and know that we love you.


Sometimes it is a slender thread, Sometimes a strong,
stout rope; She clings to one end, I the other;
She calls it friendship; I call it hope....

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   Posted 3/9/2005 5:06 PM (GMT -7)   


I am so glad to hear that you are home and it is all behind you now. I think the project idea is great. Rent some videos that are comedies. Laughter is a great healer.

Hugs and prayers



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   Posted 3/9/2005 6:35 PM (GMT -7)   

Welcome home, Ellen. Rest up and eat your greens. Hopefully each day gets easier for you....



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   Posted 3/9/2005 6:38 PM (GMT -7)   

I am here to give you a great big hug {{{{{{HUG}}}}}}. So glad that today is over for you.

The gals have given you lots of ideas on iron. I saw where MK said the iron sometimes gives constipation, well, I tend to get just the opposite when I take it. Yikes! I don't know which is better. (-:

Loved Deb's idea on renting funny movies. Now........let's see, I am trying to think of one for you to see that ....hmmmmmm. Oh! How about an old one.....Weekend at Bernie's.

Take care my friend.
Love ya,
^j^ ^j^
"What sweetness is left in life if you take away friendship? It is like robbing the world of the sun"

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   Posted 3/9/2005 7:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Strawberries are high in iron and so are . . .don't gag . . . fried chicken livers. I never thought I could do them but with enough ranch dressing they are tolerable. They really help my energy level. KFC makes some that are pretty good.

Hugs - Jackie

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   Posted 3/9/2005 8:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sweetie,

I've been thinking about you all day. Glad to hear you're OK. The shrink is a good idea. Just saw mine this afternoon. Love her to pieces.

Honey, I hope you can feel my arms around you. Sending you mega hugs and prayers.


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