6-13-10

Thank you for all the supportive comments. 

 Status: 9.0/10.  Off to Hopkins early Monday for a lab check and probable red cell transfusion, which will augment my own production and give me some energy back

Comments:  The two most notable symptoms of having a low hematocrit are a general feeling of chilliness and that of fatigue.  The ironic twist of getting a transfusion is that the packed red cells come chilled, so that the act of receiving blood makes you briefly cold.

To prevent a transfusion reaction from occurring (although they type and cross match each unit of blood given) you routinely receive a prophylactic regimen (usually Tylenol and Benadryl).  Since we already have discussed my aversion to Benadryl, I usually just receive some Zantac beforehand.  I’ve now received some 22 units of blood without any reactions and hope the trend continues.  It takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes to transfuse a unit, and it’s usually 2 units at a pop.  So with the Zantac given 30 min before, it’s a planned 3 hr operation.  I’ll bring a good book.   

 Love,

-Bruce

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  1. wendy Says:

    just think- if you had ever said- I wish I had the time to just sit and read a good book. You’d get your wish. So what will you read? Our patients sit 3 to 5 hours every other day 3 times per week. They say it’s difficult. Some sleep, some watch tv and some read. There is a fabulous gadget that holds a book so that you can read with one hand- if the other is being used for transfusion… let me know if you’d like info on that. Or did you get the electronic gadget that you use instead of a real book, whatever they are called

  2. Hopie Says:

    That’s a fantastic facility there that I have now seen, Had no idea it was that large. Have a good day tomorrow.
    Love you, LIsa and the kids, Mom, Hope And Nana all three of me.

  3. joel steinberg Says:

    To quote Hans and Franz of SNL fame, “Ve are here to pump you up!” So get pumped up with RBCs and feel better. Joel S

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