Well, I finally gave in and got the flu shots. Basically, my doctor did not really give me a choice. If I were to get sick again with the flu it could wipe out my immune system again. Having gone through that once it is not something I am eager to repeat. So I had the seasonal and H1N1 shots today. I am a little tired but that could be the low hemoglobin. In good news, my appetite has returned for the moment.
In bad news, I have developed cellulitis in my pyoderma gangrenosum scar from late 2007. It is quite painful, and pretty nasty looking. It is also a result of my immune system crash. I am on keflex orally and I am praying it goes away or I will end up on IV antibiotics. I have made myself clear though that they will have to put in some kind of a line because I really have no veins left. Plus I will likely end up on some kind of iron infusions to treat my low hemoglobin. The next treatment for colitis is also deliverd via IV. So, it looks like a PICC or port is in my future.
My hemoglobin held between Monday and Wednesday which is a great sign. I felt well most of yesterday and today. I can’t imagine how well I might feel when my hemoglobin goes from 87 to within the normal range (120-150).
I see the hematologist next week. It should prove interesting!