when they couldn't find more than a slow to drip of blood at the pre surgery draw... - better

Oh No Associated with Endometrial (Uterine) Cancer. Posted on January 23, 2015 View this journey (9 Experiences)

I began to wonder, is there something wrong with my blood? Am I drying up inside? Oh No, this might be really serious, how great is the chance? Then I looked up survival rates and it's less than I thought. Oh no.

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  • IronMom45's Avatar
    IronMom45

    Stop looking up survival rates. Statistically everyone can't fit into the mold. Those survival rates are multifaceted meaning to have the exact survival rate as those statistics you would have to be a cookie cutter exact s those studied. I have stage 3 grade 3c uterine cancer, which means my supposed survival is less than 50%. Ha! I disagree as that less than 50% is based on patients 20 years older than me with other comorbidity. Meaning other health issues. Which I have none so despite my stage and grade I do not fit the criteria of the statistics and therefore do not accept the "less than 50 %" not only that how each person responds to chemo radiation etc is individual. I personally consider myself doing awesome as well as others on the site. Yes have some side effects but nothing I can't accept in exchange for being alive seeing every sunrise till someday I don't. On your blood draw issue: you could be dehydrated, cold or tense. Usually it's dehydrated. Trust me there is always a vein somewhere and if preop nurse can't find it anesthesia personnel will. I know you are overwhelmed right now with information and decisions. Take each day in little bites. Start from where you are which is at the beginning of the journey. Focus on today's events and how to master them. Prayers for you. Been where you are know it looks like a mountain to climb. But just put one foot in front of the other and don't try to see the other side of the mountain just eyes on the trail. Before you know it you will be on
    The other side of this.

    over 5 years ago
  • L_Meligne's Avatar
    L_Meligne

    People keep asking me what my survival rate is and look horrified when I tell them. IronMom45 is right, we are all individuals, not statistics. My best guess on your blood draw is you were dehydrated. You're not allowed to eat or drink for so many hours. Before my hysterectomy they made too many attempts to find blood, during recovery my arms were all bruised and in more pain than my incision! Hang in there and keep posting your experiences and questions here, there is so much support and information!! xoxo

    over 5 years ago
  • BoiseB's Avatar
    BoiseB

    Don't worry about those blood draws. My medical center has a rule that the nurse only gets 2 tries. No nurse has made it on the first try. I normally go through two nurses.
    When I had my pre-op blood draw they actually called in an intern who didn't make it on the first try. Some people just have slippery veins. Don't worry about drying up that only happens on the SciFi channel.

    over 5 years ago
  • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar
    BuckeyeShelby

    Those stats are at least five years old.. IfI believe them, I'd have a 5% for five years. But I am no "typical". I'm not sure any of us are. don't despair. Just fight along side your oncology team. PS -- I'm at two and a half years into my fight. outof treatment for a year and a half as of next week. and NED!

    over 5 years ago
  • better's Avatar
    better

    The finding blood was a problem all the way through no matter how much liquid I drank - every hour on the hour for two days before the surgery...i had six bandaids covering more bruises and each bruise had several "sticks" and they never did say anything about it. The "emergency" IV that they never did use hurt the entire time. The least of my problems, Really, just put that hand curled over a pillow or the edge of the bed.

    over 5 years ago
  • IronMom45's Avatar
    IronMom45

    Are you in the hospital?

    over 5 years ago
  • BoiseB's Avatar
    BoiseB

    Blood draws are annoying and painful but luckily never fatal. Praying for a speedy recovery.

    over 5 years ago

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