This is getting bothersome! I fell down again this morning but I am still extremely lucky because there is no damage. No broken bones anything.
As mentioned in an earlier post, multiple myeloma patients are at a very high risk for broken bones.
The main reason for falls both today and last Friday is because I am getting very dizzy of late when I stand up too quick from sitting and start walking.
My hemoglobin count is the culprit. As of my last blood work by my Oncologist, my hemoglobin count was at 7.8. That’s low. According to the Mayo Clinic, “low hemoglobin count is generally defined as less than 13.5 grams”.
The lower the count is lower the amount of red blood cells my body is getting for oxygen and I feel faint when I get up until my body stabilizes things.
A blood transfusion is a quick way to boost the red blood count and I did have one a couple of months ago and felt great afterwards. My Oncologist has not ordered one this time. Yet.
Today I was headed to the restroom and started feeling dizzy and faint about halfway there. I made it to the door handle and hit the floor, landing on all fours. I stayed that way for a minute until Melinda helped me up. I made a quick inventory of my body and declared myself fine.