Hi all, Sorry I haven't been around in a few days but work's been keeping me busy.
@Cathy: Regarding my wife...Her story is this (I will make it as short as I can but....you'll see). about 5 years ago, before we were married, Allie was diagnosed with breast cancer. She had to have a right side masectomy and chose the reconstruction surgery over an implant. Once all of her treatments were over and she was declared free of cancer, she started on Tamoxifen. In late 2004, Allie started having a lot of abdominal pain and started bleeding VERY badly through her vagina, especially during her menstrual cycle. After some testing, it was found that she had several ovarian cycts, as well as a few large fibroids in her uterus. It was decided that she would have a complete hysterectomy and this was done in June of 2005.
Before the beginning of the school year my wife, who is a high school teacher, had to have her yearly physical. While there, the doctor performed some routing blood work, which included a CBC. When those results came back in, they showed that Allie was highly anemic and the doctor indicated that the RBC size and shape indicated that her anemia was being caused by blood loss. It was at this time that I found out that she was passing large amounts of blood when she defecated.
The first thing they thought was cancer but a colonoscopy came back normal. A test here, a test there, and finally they ran a blood scan (the one where they remove blood, separate the RBC's, then tag them with a radioactive isotope, then re-inject.) This test gave a pretty clear picture of where the blood was coming from and her doctor told her that she could either have surgery or start taking blood transfusions. This was on a Friday, the surgery was scheduled for the upcoming Monday.
Since then, her bowel habits have changed immensely. At one point, she was going 1-2 times per month. She now goes at least once, and sometimes several times, a day. Her major concern she says is that there are times that her body does not give her any warnin abiout needing to get to a bathroom until it's already done the deed.
When the surgeon examined her colon, he stated that it was deformed and only half the size that it should have been. That could have been the cause of the constipation I supposse. The bleeding stopped immediately so I guess it was all worth it to her.
Anyway, I feel like crap today-stoopid Upper Resp Infection. I have an appt with my doctor today at 11:30 and should know what the plan is going to be. I'll drop back in this afternnon and deliver the verdict.