On this day Jan. 26, 5 years ago, I had an emergency blood transfusion at the VA in Miami Florida. I had been literally bleeding to death through my heavy menstrual that had lasted almost 6 months at one point.
I had all the classic signs of anemia but I chose to ignore it because I had to work, I had bills to pay. As a trained holistic health practitioner, I should have known better, but being human like everyone else I know all too well how easy it is to put your health on the back burner.
The day before my transfusion, I went to the gym as usual to run on the treadmill. In the middle of my workout I almost fainted. The gym custodian saw this and he quickly ran to my aid. Little did I know at the time, that I was moments away from a possible heart attack or stroke because I didn't have enough blood in my body to handle the overexertion I was placing on my heart at the moment. Through God's grace I didn't, but it scared me enough to call my physician as I knew something was wrong.
I got an emergency appointment with my Dr. And I told her what had just happened and instantly decided to run some tests. She lovingly scolded me for not taking my iron consistently and she expressed her general concern of my current state. Like many of you, I knew what I was supposed to be doing, I just didn't do it. I was over 200 lbs and my womb issues were on 10. After the labs and her lecture, she instructed me to go home and rest.
The next morning I was awakened to start my day, yes I was heading back to work. Massage therapists don't have paid sick days or pto, and a day of lost revenue is no Bueno. I looked at my cell phone and saw that I had 11 missed calls from my Dr. The lab called her at home and told her how dire my blood tests were. My hemoglobin was a 3.4, which should normally be a 13 for a healthy woman. As I listened to her many voice mails, the urgency in her voice scared me. I really didn't realize how urgent this was. She implored me to get to the hospital immediately as I needed a transfusion asap as she feared that I could have a stroke or heart attack.
I drive myself to the VA, and was admitted immediately when the triage nurse saw the note on my record. She couldn't believe that I drove myself, because she said most people with hemoglobin that low are barely conscious or have enough energy to move. I had been working two jobs, doing African dance and yoga every friday, running on the treadmill every day, so her concern didn't compute to me. Despite the fact that I had all of the classic signs of anemia to include: an excessive craving for ice (I have ruined my teeth as a result of it), no matter how many hours of sleep I got I was always exhausted, I bruised easily, I had restless legs, heart palpations when I overexerted myself and the list goes on.
When I was admitted, my blood pressure was 210/130! The medical team looked at me in awe because they didn't understand how I didn't have a heart attack yet! The concern on their face alarmed me and I started yo get really scared. Later that evening I received my first liter of blood, and I felt like someone had breathed new life into me. I didn't realize how deficit I was until that new blood started coursing through my veins. I felt like I could run a marathon! I ended up getting two liters of blood. And my life hasn't been the same since.
I know that this was a long post, and thank you for reading this far. I wrote all of that to say this. Take great care of yourself. Stop ignoring your body and do what you need to do to get your health back on point. It isn't too late. And if you are a woman dealing with menstrual and womb issues, let me help you heal yourself naturally. I believed I was saved to help others. My Dr. Says I am a walking miracle and I embrace the second chance I have been given.
Please take care of yourself, i'm here to help you! Love you to life! ❤Khetnu
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LaDawn "Khetnu Nefer" Frasier is a multi-passionate women's holistic health coach, who is dedicated to helping women overcome issues with their womb. As a uterine cancer survivor and a woman living with PCOS (poly cystic ovarian syndrome) she knows first hand how important holistic health is in helping women to heal themselves. This blog chronicles her health journey as well as provide tip and tools for others to utilize on their holistic health path.