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Thursday, 3 November 2011

In case you're wondering

Why I'm not around much . As you may recall, In July my husband was made redundant from his job of nine years, what you won't know is at that time he was also ill. Initially we put it down to stress and exhaustion , but it got worse not better . He went to the Doctor and had routine blood tests for anaemia and other general things ,as he was totally exhausted all the time , falling asleep in the day as soon as he sat down, and feeling dreadful most of the time . The blood tests came up with the unexpected , his iron levels were high , not low . More than three times the usual level in fact. He was referred to the hospital , and his consultant thinks it is hemochromotosis , which is a genetic mutation which allows the body to absorb too much iron ,which then accumulates throughout your life , until it gets to a high enough level to cause problems . It usually makes itself know around 35-45 years of age in men , later in women . At the moment , we are waiting for the results of the genetic test,if it is this disease , the treatment is weekly blood reductions for up to and possibly over a year, then every two or three months afterwards for life , to maintain the lower levels of iron. As this is genetic , to suffer from it you have to inherit a faulty gene from both parents , so if it is a positive result I will then be tested to see if the kids may be affected in later life. As you can imagine ,the stress levels are incredibly high , and amongst this I am looking for a job to support my family, not the easiest of things at the best of times. I'm not stitching much as I can't concentrate , so not much to blog about , sorry . I hope to be back after some good news , with a new enthusiasm for everything , but time will tell . To the regular readers and follower , thank you for sticking with me , Cath

20 comments:

Kate said...

So sorry to hear of your troubles. Will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

carol fun said...

Sending positive thoughts and prayers your way - take care of yourself while you are taking care of everyone else too.

CalamityJr said...

It's so hard waiting for a definite diagnosis. Prayers for you and DH and your whole family. Take as much time as you need; we'll be waiting for you to return!

Chris said...

Thinking of you and your husband at this time and wishing you good things to come.

Mouse said...

ohh dear ... hope they manage to get it under control and that you manage to get a job ((HUGS)) to you all ... love mouse xxxx

Neabear said...

Oh boy....I hope things get better soon for you husband and family. I also pray that you can relax and not worry during this stressful time.

Hang in there...I know..not easy.

~Linnea

Lynn said...

I can just imagine how stressed you are with everything that is going on. I'm very familiar with hemachromatosis because I worked as a lab technologist for most of my life. We actually had several patients with it who came in regularily for their bloodwork. I'll keep all of you in my prayers and hope that they can resolve your husband's illness soon.

Tricia said...

Bless your heart! I hope that you'll get things figured out soon!

Carol said...

Sending all positive thoughts your way, Cath--that must be a terrible worry on your entire family...

Rhona said...

Sorry to hear your news. Wishing you and your family the very best. Good luck with your job hunting.

♥ Nia said...

Sweetie, I hope better days will come soon for you and you family!!
Hugs!!!

Julie said...

Good positive thoughts for your husband and your family too. X

Wendy said...

I'm sorry to hear of all you're going through. I suppose it will be a relief to find out what's wrong with your hubby and you can deal with it from there but not knowing is hard. We're all here for you if you need us. x

Sally said...

Sending you lots of hugs and positive thoughts.

Melody said...

Sorry to read of your hubby's health issues. I will send good wishes your way.

Take care.

Michelle said...

Cath, so sorry to hear that. Hoping things get better for you and your husband - you will be in our thoughts. Hugs

Anonymous said...

Cath, I am so sorry Ian`s not well and hope things get better for you soon. Thinking of you, big ((huggs)) Pauline (poppie) xxx

stitcheranon said...

Oh I am so sorry you are going through this. I hope the genetic tests are clear for you: that will be one less thing to worry about and thank God it is manageable...unpleasant but managable. Good luck with the job hunting:have hubby considered disability just until things settle down...though my hubby is also ill and refuses but it is a thought.

Gill - That British Woman said...

oh dear me that's awful. Is your dh improving any yet?

Thank you also for your good wishes re: my surgery.

Gill in Canada

Patty C. said...

So sorry to hear about your stressors - My husband was recently in a wreck & it has been very difficult for my family - Things happen for a reason & sometimes we don't understand circumstances as well when we are going through them - hind sight is often times easier - Hang in there - Everything is for a season - & seasons do change .......

Hugs,
Prayers for you and your family !!!!