Thursday, March 8, 2012

Jaw Surgery Recovery Updates - Week 12 (with 日本語 vocab)

     Soooo.... three months after jaw surgery, huh?  Seems like so long, yet at the same time, not really....

     I believe that by week 12 my bones should be about 80% full strength. Sometimes, it doesn't feel like it haha.  I still hesitate with a brief flash of total panic as I try to bite into stuff, but I'm sure that will subside as I grow more accustomed to my new bite.

     Anemia sucks.  There's no two ways about that.  I've never been anemic before so all these symptoms can get REAL scary.  Initially, my GYN gave me iron supplements for 4 weeks and told me to go back to the lab for a repeat CBC. I assumed that meant that by 4 weeks it would be better.  I assumed incorrectly!

    I went to see my PCM (primary care manager) yesterday, Wednesday March 7th, and he explained that it takes 100 to 120 days to recover the hemoglobin.  THAT would have been nice to know 5+ weeks ago when I was given the iron supplements in the first place.

    To be on the safe side, and perhaps to appease me, he's running a bunch of lab work to make sure it's just the iron-deficiency, so at least I get to feel better knowing we'll make sure it is what they think.  He also gave me more iron supplements to keep me on them for another 3-4 months but he changed the frequency and amount I will take.

    Interestingly, the iron supplements they prescribe are ferrous sulfate and, from what I understand, your body only absorbs about 10% of the iron in those pills even if you take them with something high in Vitamin C to aid absorption.  I picked up a second iron supplement to see if I can't get iron more efficiently.  Honestly, I'd rather not take something that's just being wasted and flushed by my body so perhaps I'll be able to absorb more iron by using the two different forms.

     Below are parts 1 and 2 of the videos I made talking about the anemia. It became two videos when the mailman knocked on the door in the first video setting the dogs off barking haha

Japanese Anemia Vocabulary

     Since I didn't include them in the videos, here are the words I gave for the anemia-related Japanese vocabulary:

  • Anemia
    • 貧血 (ひんけつ)
  • Iron-Deficiency Anemia
    • 鉄欠乏性貧血 (てつけつぼうせいひんけつ)
  • Pernicious Anemia
    • 悪性貧血 (あくせいひんけつ)
  • Acid Reflux
    • 呑酸 (どんさん)
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
    • 耳鳴り (みみなり)
  • Lightheadedness (when standing up)
    • 立ち眩み (たちくらみ)
  • Heart Palpitations
    • 心悸亢進 (しんきこうしん)
  • Shortness of Breath
    • 息切れ (いきぎれ)
  • Double Vision
    • 複視 (ふくし)

Example Sentences for a few:
  • My ears are always ringing.
    • 私はいつも耳鳴りがしているんです。
  • I have ringing in my ears.
    • 耳鳴りがします。
  • I get lightheaded when standing up.
    • 立ち眩みがします。

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