Hi, I'm Kay. Over the years, I've shared my struggles with iron deficiency anemia and iron infusions. I am happy to share, I am no longer anemic and no longer need infusions!
For nearly fourteen years I struggled with chronic iron deficiency anemia. After undergoing a hysterectomy, however, I am happy to say I am no longer anemic!
Although miscarriages are common, they are also fairly commonly misdiagnosed. I've put together a list of the most common reasons women who end up misdiagnosed are told they are miscarrying
For the last several years, I have had numerous rounds of IV infusions to combat my Iron Deficiency Anemia. Last month, I tried a Ferrlecit for the first time and would like to share my experience.
Many women are torn between expectant management or the surgical option. Which option has less complications? Let's examine the research.
Women have three options when they discover they are miscarrying ~ a natural, surgical or medicated miscarriage If you have a tilted uterus, you may want to skip the Cytotec (Misoprostol)
Are you being diagnosed with a blighted ovum? Don't worry about how far along you are or your hCG levels. Your doctor needs to be monitoring the size of the gestational sac.
The hCG diet is dangerous. It is difficult to find side-effect stories because hCG-selling forums delete anything negative. Here is my story along with comments from many others hurt by this diet.
A woman should never be pressured to end her pregnancy before nine weeks for a blighted ovum. Too many women who have been diagnosed at six, seven or eight weeks have gone on to find their babies.
Putting down our three-year-old pit bull was easily one of the hardest and most painful decisions we've ever had to make. He was wonderful 99% of the time but suffered from Canine Rage Syndrome.
Admittedly, writing about your own colonoscopy is just a little bit embarrassing. But, hey, this former military gal has been through more embarrassing situations than this so let me share a bit about my procedure, more specifically, the really icky...
After a bad reaction after an iron infusion, I was switched to Venofer. This is my story.
Yesterday, I had an upper endoscopy. I'm one of those types who really, really, REALLY likes to hear other personal experiences before undergoing something new. I guess surprises are not my thing. And, because I know there are others who like to...
After a successful first round of iron infusions, my second round was anything but! Here is my story of side effects with Dextran.
For a couple years, I had a serious ice-chewing addiction. I didn't realize initially the health reason behind the addiction but once I had it treated, I no longer wanted ice.
Reading Fluency ~ Two words when spoken by your child's teacher can put such fear into a parent's heart. Take heart. We've faced the 'Reading Fluency' dragon and won that battle. Here is our story.
Do have anemia? Are you wondering what a round of iron infusions might be like? I have lived with chronic iron deficiency anemia and have had two iron infusions. I share my experience in this article.
I pulled my daughter out of school in second grade because she was just so far behind and her self esteem had taken a nose dive. She is now years ahead on standardized tests and happy!
I was close to 40 when I developed perioral dermatitis. What a battle I had getting my face to clear up. I've since learned that if I avoid Sodium Lauryl Sulfate in products, I very rarely break out.
Many doctors are using antiquated standards when diagnosing miscarriage which explains why so many women do end up misdiagnosed.
High hCG levels and an empty-looking gestational sac do not mean a definite blighted ovum. Many women have had levels over 10,000, 50,000 and even 100,000 before finding their babies.
My daughter's allergist caught her peanut allergy while she was still an infant. He gave us great advice that I believe helped her grow out of her allergy.
Ectopic pregnancies can have serious consequences and yet studies have shown that up to 40% of diagnosed ectopic pregnancies may be wrong. What can you do?
Unfortunately, miscarriages are common but they are also, far too often, misdiagnosed. For your own peace of mind, please, if at all possible, ask for a final ultrasound before your D&C
Sometimes miscarriages are misdiagnosed. You need to be 100% certain a D&C is needed before you agree. Should you get a second opinion? Read on...
Many women have been told they were going to miscarry due to an enlarged yolk sac but went on to carry the pregnancy to term. This page is to offer hope for any woman going through this scare.
I recently shared a study on hCG levels at 16dpo (days past ovulation) and outcome on pregnancy. I've received numerous messages about this study. As a result, I'd like to start our own informal survey. On this page, we will be collecting hCG...
Up to 30% of women may bleed during a viable pregnancy. I bled heavily, ended up in the ER and told I was likely miscarrying and my son proved them wrong. Here is my story.
Many women are worried unnecessarily when their hCG levels do not double within 48 hours. Here are four sources demonstrating that hCG levels can rise more slowly—and still be within the normal range.
If your gestational sac is growing and has not yet reached 25 mm, you are being diagnosed with a blighted ovum too soon.
A diagnosis of an empty gestational sac is a common one. It is also commonly misdiagnosed. Learn whether you may be misdiagnosed as well.
Up to 1/3 of women bleed at some point during their pregnancy. Many of those women go on to successfully carry their pregnancies to term.
Throughout my pregnancy, my doctor believed there was a good chance my baby would be a preemie. I found hope in an 'Infant Survivability Rates' chart.
My experience with Perioral Dermatitis and how I've kept it under control.
Many doctors, being certain of their dates, rush to diagnose a miscarriage after IVF. As a result, many IVF patients end up misdiagnosed
Could a miscarriage be misdiagnosed? Here are links to some of the many stories collected from women who were misdiagnosed.
So many women say their doctors' doomed their pregnancies too early based on their hCG levels. If your doctor is scaring you based on doubling times or too low or too high numbers, please, read this!
Do you know your hCG numbers at 16 days past ovulation (DPO)? In this article, I discuss a study that examines the relationship between hCG numbers and pregnancy viability.
A tilted uterus is generally not a problem during pregnancy except when she has an ultrasound before nine weeks. If she does, she runs the risk of being diagnosed with a miscarriage too soon.
As a result of talking to many women going through miscarriage scares. I have learned a bit about the importance of progesterone and how this hormone affects pregnancies. As a result, I believe that a number of doctors downplay the significance of...
I was told I had an empty gestational sac and advised to have a D&C. I turned down this procedure multiple times until finally, at nine weeks, we saw my baby on the ultrasound.
Some myths that women and their doctors believe about diagnosing a miscarriage