OK, this post is about my first transfusion, but before we get to that, I’m going to finally show you my new “do”. Its been over a week since I got my hair cut and I think I’m used to it now. Here is a picture I took when I was out shopping at Sporting Life in Toronto. Oh yeah, I’m wearing a new pair of glasses too. Looks like my old pair but they are different.
So, yesterday (Dec. 7), I went to PMH in the morning for a blood test to see if I really needed a transfusion. The blood test came back indicating my hemoglobin and platelets were indeed extremely low and the charge nurse recommended either 1 or 2 bags of red blood cells and definitely 1 bag of platelets.
So, after waiting for them to “prepare” the blood products, I was brought into a private room with a bed and was asked to lie down. An IV was started in my wrist area, and they began infusing me with saline and platelets. As this was my first time, they also monitored my vitals regularly during the infusion. After the platelets were done, they infused me with saline and red blood cells. Each bag of blood products takes approximately 1.5 – 2 hrs. to infuse. We didn’t really have time for a second bag of blood so we left it at that.
OMG, the day was soooo long! Other than the time required for the transfusion, there was a lot of waiting (e.g., waiting for blood test results, waiting for the blood to be prepared, etc.). Thank God for the ipad and Kindle! We got to PMH at 10:30am and didn’t leave until close to 6:00pm (not including travel time and traffic!) I was sooo tired. And the whole process is to be repeated on Tuesday!
Luckily, I didn’t feel any side effects, so I think I am good on that front. No fever, no chills, no rashes. Of course, if I should develop a disease from the transfusion, I wouldn’t know until months later, but for now, I’m good.
I am feeling grateful today. I thank God that my first transfusion went smoothly and my leukemic cells are still under control. I have faith that things will work out.