I have had a rather nasty experience this week. It’s linked to an earlier post regarding changing inhalers and becoming so breathless I found it difficult to move from one room to another.
Fast forward to Tuesday when I had a second ecg at my doctors. The nurse took my ecg to a doctor (that happened the previous time). This time a doctor came to speak to me and said she wanted to call an ambulance.
After arrival at the hospital as a walking ambulance patient I was duly processed, bloods taken and asked to go back to the waiting room.
A few minutes later a nurse called for me, instead of being taken to the majors I was taken to resus. Apparently my haemoglobin level was so low it wasn’t operating my heart properly. Instead of an hb level of approx 120 mine was 50. I had been like this since the inhaler change (unlucky coincidence).
I had 2 units of red blood cells which has made my breathing so much better.
The moral of this (real) story is don’t always assume it’s your lungs making things difficult - it could be something else.
I am going to have various tests to find the cause of my anaemia.
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