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I had my appointment with the GI doctor yesterday. He was really nice (and didn't seem to mind at all that I had to bring my 17 month old with me!) I have to have a colonoscopy and an upper GI endoscopy next month. Not really looking forward to that. :( He thought there was some possibility of IBD, but not making any predictions. He also was concerned about my reticulocyte count and suggested seeing a hemotologist (and also suggested I might need a bone marrow biopsy!) I'll hold off on that until I see my internist again next month and see how I'm responding to the iron.

Speaking of iron, my stomach is not pleased with all this iron. Luckily I'm not constipated, but I am uncomfortable (and the dizziness continues--it's starts within an hour of taking the iron, so I'm pretty sure it's related). I think I'll try another formulation.

Does anyone know what petechiae could indicate (or if it's just benign, related to the high platelets, which are related to the anemia?) He mentioned a few tiny red dots on my lip--I have them scattered about my body, mostly on my torso, but I never gave much thought to them as they come and go. He seemed interested in them, but didn't mention why.

Also, has anyone else had the colonoscopy before? I'm concerned about the "prep". I have it scheduled for a Friday, but I realized I'm going to have to reschedule to a Monday, otherwise I'll have to take Thursday off of work, too (I don't think my hour commute on the train will work too well with the laxatives etc.)





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