Feeling a little disappointed today since I was supposed to be meeting my friend and her four other bridesmaids for our dress fittings in Manchester, but the steroid injections haven’t kicked in enough to allow me to travel/stand for long/lift my arms so I am giving it a miss. It’s a shame because I don’t see enough of her as it is, now that she lives in London, and I was looking forward to a catch up. These things can’t be helped though.
In other news, my GP phoned me today to say that my last blood test results were getting worse and that I was now lacking in Folate too, which he feels is playing a factor in my Anaemia (Hb of 9.7 for anyone interested in figures). I have been told in the past that I have a ‘different’ type of anaemia since my Ferritin levels are usually quite high; that my red blood cells are larger than normal and abnormally shaped, meaning they don’t transport efficiently… but nobody has ever put a name to it or done anything about it.
Now my new GP decided to look into things straight away and this is what he has come up with – Megaloblastic Anaemia. We had a chat and he arranged for me to pick up a prescription for Folic Acid this afternoon, which should help. The only thing I am worried about is that I am due to start Methotrexate alongside the Orencia infusions and this is a recognised folate depleter; in the past I had to take it with daily Folic Acid anway. Whether this will effect the decision to start the MTX I don’t know… I didn’t have a good experience with it first time round and I still have my concerns now.
I guess only time will tell.