5-2-18 Hay season starts.

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5-2-18 Hay season starts.

Another month has passed and it is time for another update. I visited my doc again last week and got a blood draw to determine if a phlebotomy is required or not. The concern again this month was my HCT raising because the doctor put me on an iron pill a day to help me with my iron and energy levels. It appears that the combination of the iron pill and Jakafi is still working although my levels went up a bit.

Here are my results last month with only Jakafi.

Test Name

Result

Units

Reference Range

WBC

5.8

K/cmm

4.8-10.8

RBC

5.41

M/cmm

4.7-6.1

HGB

13.5 Low

G/dL

14-18

HCT

40.9 Low

%

42-52

MCV

75.6 Low

um3

80-94

MCH

25.0 Low

pg

27-32

MCHC

33.0

g/dl

33-37

RDW-CV

16.7 High

%

11-14

PLT

575 High

K/cmm

130-400

MPV

9.5

um3

7.4-10.4

NEUT %

57.2

%

50-65

LYMPH %

30.8

%

25-40

MONOCYTES %

8.6

%

4-10

EOS %

2.4

%

0-3

BASO %

0.5

%

0-1

NEUT#

3.34

10*3/uL

2.4-7.0

LYMPH#

1.80

10*3/uL

1.2-4.3

MONO#

0.50

10*3/uL

.2-1.1

EOS#

0.14

10*3/uL

0-0.3

IG%

0.5

%

0-3

NRBC%, AUTOMATED

0.0

%

NONE

 

Followed by my results this month.

Test Name

Result

Units

Reference Range

WBC

5.8

K/cmm

4.8-10.8

RBC

5.58

M/cmm

4.7-6.1

HGB

14.5

G/dL

14-18

HCT

43.6

%

42-52

MCV

78.1 Low

um3

80-94

MCH

26.0 Low

pg

27-32

MCHC

33.3

g/dl

33-37

RDW-CV

19.3 High

%

11-14

PLT

529 High

K/cmm

130-400

MPV

9.7

um3

7.4-10.4

NEUT %

60.4

%

50-65

LYMPH %

27.7

%

25-40

MONOCYTES %

9.1

%

4-10

EOS %

1.4

%

0-3

BASO %

0.9

%

0-1

NEUT#

3.53

10*3/uL

2.4-7.0

LYMPH#

1.62

10*3/uL

1.2-4.3

MONO#

0.53

10*3/uL

.2-1.1

EOS#

0.08

10*3/uL

0-0.3

IG%

0.5

%

0-3

NRBC%, AUTOMATED

0.0

%

NONE

 

So my PLT has gone down, HCT gone up along with RDW-CV. The iron has raised my levels some but they are still within the safe zones this month. The question now is if I stay on iron another month what will it do? We are still testing the combination and going to continue the iron for another month. Most likely resulting in the need for a phlebotomy. I guess the real question is if the iron supplement is changing my iron levels and if it is actually helping with my fatigue. Hopefully we will test the iron levels next month to know how much that has come up. My last iron test had my level at an 18 for a reference range of 65-175, so it is pretty low.

I might feel a little bit of difference on the iron, I would not say that it is a lot. I still sleep like the dead and waking up in the morning is an absolute fight. I don't think that I feel tired through the day as much but that could just be because I have been busier and don't have time to be tired.

On more personal activities note, I have started the farming season officially this last Sunday. The first field of hay went down and now we battle the weather. The plan was for baling the hay on Saturday but good ol' mother nature has decided our 10 day dry forecast is going to be upset on Saturday with thunderstorms. Not good for hay. There is a good possibility that hay will have to be baled on Friday to keep it out of the rain. Which makes this week a rush to get everything prepped and ready. We will watch the weather and pray for the best. I would much rather bale Saturday so it is not so rushed.

After hay is up it will be a mad dash to get things fixed before the next field goes down, as things always break and already have. Thanks for reading and until next time.

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