In the Hospital for Round 2 of R-ICE Chemo

Back in the hospital for round 2 of this cycle of R-ICE chemotherapy. Had to have a blood transfusion: two units of O+. I expected to have another allergic reaction, as I have for both platelet transfusions I’ve received so far, but the pre-transfusion meds of Benadryl, Tylenol, and hydrocortisone seem to be doing the trick. No allergic reaction. *crosses fingers*

Huge thank yous and big virtual hug to everyone who’s asked if they could directly donate blood to me. I’m O+, which means I can only receive O+ or O- blood products, but more than that, I’m a transplant patient with a really messed up immune system. There’s extra persnickety screening and matching requirements for anything I receive, making it terribly unlikely I’ll be able to use folks’ directly donated blood products, plus everything I receive needs to be irradiated, which is done off-site.

So between the time constraints and the persnicketyness of my blood product requirements, I can’t really accept offers of direct blood donations. However, I really do encourage everyone to donate to the general pool if you can. It’s because of awesome folks like you that I can get all the various blood transfusions I’m having to receive. *HUGE hugs*

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9 Responses to In the Hospital for Round 2 of R-ICE Chemo

  1. Take good care.

    Big hugs.

    And I’m O+ so I might drop by a blood donor clinic today. Maybe bring my older son…I know he’s due to donate again.

  2. Janice Clark says:

    Hooray for small blessings. No allergy reaction. May the rest of the process go as smoothly.

  3. We’re rooting for you.

  4. Nivair Gabriel says:

    This is probably a weird way to think about it, but I feel really comforted by the fact that your body knows what it wants. That’s how I try to interpret my own body’s persnicketiness and it helps me–YMMV, haha. *_* But I am sending all my warrior strength to your body; I really believe in you and the way you are handling this!

  5. Amy Uzarski says:

    Yes hope things continue to go smoothly. Wonderful news that you didn’t have an allergic reaction :)

  6. hang in there dear lady.

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