I have been plagued for years with chronic anemia. I routinely get iron infusions and blood infusions. Although there is a chance of reaction with a iron infusion, the odds are slight. It will take 2-3 days before you will notice any relief, unlike a blood transfusion and be prepared to spend a good 1/2 day or longer to get it.
Several months ago I began passing a lot of blood, about 1/4 cup each time. Within 24 hours, my hgb dropped almost 2 pionts from 9 to 7. I had been down to 5.9 before but that was over a long period of time and my body had time to adjust. This time it was too much too fast. It took 2 units of blood, followed a week later with 2,000 ml of iron to get me back so in order to prevent this from happening again I have established the following plan: Stop bloody diarrhea before you lose much blood with Pepto Bismo. Take 3 dose cups then wait to see if that stops it then wait until the stools turn from black to the natural color. Don't allow yourself to get down.
Easier said than done.
Post Edited (Rider Fan) : 5/3/2009 1:10:59 PM (GMT-6)