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Posted by Judy (Denver, Colorado) on 08/10/2011
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I'm wondering if anyone knows a way to lower high Hematocrit/Hemoglobin. I'm scheduled to have hysterectomy next Wednesday 17th because I have stage I endometrial cancer. Also went to kidney specialist few days after oncologist and gave him compr blood test taken at annual health fair and that shows high hema/hemo for last three years. He said to stop smoking at least two weeks prior to surgery or I could end up on a ventilator for a long time.

Had to go to my regular doc for pre-op blood tests two days later. I asked if they were going to check the H/H and she said the oncologist didn't ask for it. I told her what the kidney dr said and she said that can happen with young people (I'm 70) but high blood count might be a good thing, because I'm going to bleed during surgery. Told her I'd cut back smoking to 1/10th, but didn't see that was going to reduce high count much. She said it should go down quite a bit. (I hope this doesn't sound to eratic, but I'm getting very nervous about this surgery). I've also had to quit vit E because it thins the blood and three days later my lower legs hurt to bad I had a hard time walking.

This morning I got a call from a nurse telling me to come back for more blood work because the hematocrit is very high. They wouldn't tell me how high. In April it was 56.7. Normal is 35.0-49.0. Nine years ago I had D&C and it was high then and that dr said I could have a heart attack while under anesthesia. THAT is what's scaring me.

I am less afraid of ending up on a ventilator for awhile, or even of the cancer getting worse than I am of having a heart attack while on the table.

In the meantime I'm having second thoughts about the vit O I use. It tastes just like hydrogen peroxide. I use it because I have asthma and occasionally when air is bad I get short of breath and this alleviates it. But I'm wondering if that makes the red cell count worse or has any affect at all. Twenty years ago I was diagnosed asthmatic but I keep it under control with herbs and nutrients and this "O" is my "inhaler".

Right now I'm very confused. I'm thinking if I postpone surgery, quit smoking for good for about 1 or 2 months some of those blood cells would die off and I would be better off when I have surgery. I'm also diabetic. I've been juicing carrots and doing my best to follow some of the dietary things to eliminate cancer. My PH is about 6.4, occasionally higher but doubt that will change much because of the cancer.

I asked my doc if they could just take a pint of my blood before surgery because I've known people that live 2 miles high that have too many red cells and doctors take pint of blood every month or two and that helps to thin the blood and they go on for years without major problems. She said she'd never heard of it. Then if I bleed too much, they could give me my own blood back, instead of giving me someone elses. (Makes sense to me)

All the tests I've had, EKG, chest xray, ultrasounds, everything else is OK.

Anybody with any thoughts about this or even had this problem before surgery, I would really appreciate hearing them. Thanks