Hemolytic anemia shit

June 10, 2009

The past couple of weeks have been really hard for the family as my mom was in and out of the hospital. In November 2008, we found out that she has autoimmune hemolytic anemia. Her hemoglobin count fell at around 75 (normal was at 125). That was the time when she had her first blood transfusion.

Last month, when she underwent laparoscopic surgery at the University of Santo Tomas hospital, her hemoglobin count was below normal again. She had another blood transfusion to compensate for the lack of red blood cells (RBCs).

According to her hematologist (and also based from the literature I have read), what happens when you have hemolytic anemia is that your antibodies destruct your RBCs, treating as if the RBCs are foreign materials in the body. My mom is now taking prednisone to combat the antibodies shit.

But things are so complicated since my mom has diabetes. When you take in prednisone, your sugar level increases. Last week, we were all worried when she found out one morning that her sugar level was around 500. A whopping 500. She was confined for three days last week in a hospital near our place so that her diabetologist can monitor her sugar level and adjust her insulin intake.

We thought everything’s going to be fine but last Sunday morning, my mom was so pale and her complete blood count revealed that her RBC count was at 65. Freaking 65. She’s currently undergoing blood transfusion and yesterday, her RBC count was at 88. Hopefully, it continues to stabilize.

So right now, her hematologist is tracing where are the antibodies shit are coming from. Good thing we were assured that my mom does not have any of those freaking illnesses like leukemia, lupus, or cancer. Thank God. I just hope those antibodies shit will be addressed as soon as possible. They are really scaring the hell out of us.

Pray. Pray. Pray.