Just for You... Reviews by Lissete



Friday, June 29, 2007


I went to the dr. yesterday for a check up. She loves to schedule me every 3 months or so, for fun. It's all about the billing! Anyhoo, I have not been in since October. I feel fine, plus I don't think I need to go so often. It's pointless. Even my cardio dr. says so. But I guess my primary dr. was mad that I hadn't been billed seen in so long, that she ordered labs done. So I go in today and they take out 5 freaking huge tubes of blood! I was not a happy camper!

To complete my day, I had an appointment with my dentist. Who, as I've probably mentioned before, is one of my best friends. He normally does not hurt me. He has a gentle touch. Today, it HURT! I don't know why. Maybe because I was missing so much blood??

The average adult has about five liters of blood living inside of their body, coursing through their vessels, delivering essential elements, and removing harmful wastes. Without blood, the human body would stop working.
Blood is the fluid of life, transporting oxygen from the lungs to body tissue and carbon dioxide from body tissue to the lungs. Blood is the fluid of growth, transporting nourishment from digestion and hormones from glands throughout the body. Blood is the fluid of health, transporting disease fighting substances to the tissue and waste to the kidneys.

I need to add that lack of blood must makes me cranky! He hurt me & I pinched him. Hard!

Note: It says that we have about 5 liters of blood. Five years ago I had a medical crisis where I bled for about 20 days. Mind you, this was one month after my heart attack. My above mentioned primary doc did not seem to think that there was a problem. On day 20, I could not sit up without passing out. I was really pale and my skin looked translucent. I went to the ER on the truck with flashing lights and was told that my hemoglobin was at 5. Normal is 12 I think. I needed transfusions but my veins were collapsed so they had to go through the jugular. My paramedic husband almost passed out at this point. In any case, I received about 7 pints of blood which equals roughly about 3 liters. So that means that I only had about 2 liters flowing through my body and my primary felt that I should go relax at the beach! I am very blessed that my heart continued chugging along even though there was not much there to pump. According to my cardio, that was the biggest stress test of my life.

Donate blood, I am a living to testament that it does save lives!


Melissa said...

One of the best things about my losing weight is that my veins are easier to get to (less padding!) and I can give blood. It's a great feeling!

Kim - ScrapToMyLu said...

Oh my Gosh! That is such an amazing story. My husband has earned his 5 gallon pin. Me? They can never get much from me. Weird.

kailani said...

I am terrified of needles. I usually have an anxiety attack if they take blood. Pregnancy wasn't very fun for me. *wink*

That must have been so scary for you. Why did your primary doctor think everything was okay?

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