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grandkids,I think the OP is right. With a ferritin of 1(no iron stores in the bone marrow) and a hgb of 5.7/Hct of 20.9 to go to a hgb of 10.5/Hct of 37 is pretty good(although I'm sure it seems like an eternity to you!). I am currently getting the Venofer IV weekly too. My hgb was 6.9 and Hct was 24 to begin with in early Sept. Today they drew it and it's on the upswing-hgb is 9 now but I still have to keep going for it every week. I saw my hematologist today and he told me it will take a long time to build back the iron stores because like you,my ferritin was only 2. We'll see how it goes. I have heard of Procrit used to boost up the RBC count. I have a good friend whose Mom is iron deficient and after a bone marrow biopsy and all kind s of tests they determined that she just has pure iron deficiency that doesn't respond to the oral meds. She goes in and sees the hematologist once a month and they give her a shot based on her CBC results. I'd rather do that than have to go every week but they want me to keep getting the Venofer first. I'm perimenopausal and I also have tot ake Prednisone for another medical issue I have. Prednisone eats up your RBC's after taking it for awhile.I hope I don't get another heavy period on top of it all. I can't take BCP's because of high blood pressure and I really don't want to have to have surgery. Oh what a joy! lol. Good Luck with it all! :)

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