Invest In Iron

Forget gold, invest in iron!  A few weeks ago I had my first iron transfusion and I’ve just recently received the statement from my insurance company.  The cost for six hours, sitting in a chair while 1000 mg of iron dextran is slowly drips into my vein?  Nearly $3000!  Fortunately I am feeling better since the infusion (I had been experiencing fatigue, shortness of breath, irritability) but I hope that this will not become a frequent need.


3 thoughts on “Invest In Iron

  1. I came across your page, after searching for information about partial gastrectomy and the diet issue. I had my stomach partially removed one month ago. Thank you for posting your experience (the way you do) and sharing information. It helps me to face this new reality. I wish you all the best in your current and future life journey.

    • I wish you luck, too! Reading or hearing others’ stories has always been helpful to me, too, so I’m glad that I have this opportunity to share my experience and I hope that it might be helpful to you. If you have any questions…or if you want to share your experience, too…please let me know!

  2. Hi Carrie,
    My name is Kathleen Engel and I am an editor at Health Monitor Network in Montvale, NJ. My company publishes guides on various health conditions that are distributed free to patients in doctors’ offices. (You can see our site at

    Currently I am at work on the next issue of our Guide to Chemotherapy (I’ve attached a PDF of our last issue) and am writing an article of tips from people who have been through chemo. Carrie, as a non Hodgkin’s lymphoma survivor, I thought you might be willing to contribute a few tips to our readers (who will be going through chemo) as to how you made it through this challenging time. I’m looking for anything new, different, inspirational, or even the tried and true tips that can help others during chemo.

    Are there any tips you’d like to contribute? If you like, we can chat on the phone and I can take them down from you. OR, if you prefer, can simply email them to me. If I need to follow up on any, I can write you back.

    I’d also request a photo to publish along with your tips. Do you breed Beagles? I love them! Perhaps your photo could be of you and one of your dogs? That would be cool!

    Please let me know if you’re interested in contributing, Carrie. I look forward to hearing from you! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask!

    Kathleen Engel

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