Thursday, 22 February 2007

Bloodsport for all

The boy had bloods taken yesterday. Showed his Hb is low (haemoglobin). So low that he will have to have a blood transfusion. But when is the question.

The community nurse came yesterday to take his regular blood samples. Got the results back yesterday afternoon. His neutrophils are falling but we expected that. It's the chemo that's doing it. But it also showed that his Hb is low, which we guessed as he is looking so pale and tired. If it gets too low he has to have a transfusion. It is marginal at the moment but since his Hb won't rise for a bit, there's no point in waiting.

We have contacted the hospital to try to arrange it but are taking time to sort it out. Looks like it won't be today (it takes a while for the blood to be ordered and delivered and then four and a half hours for the infusion itself).

He did need a little oxygen overnight but we have to hope that he can last another night without it becoming too serious and then he can have it tomorrow.

1 comment:

Thomas, as told to Sarah said...

Ugh, it just kills me that there's all the bureaucratic hassle for you all on top of everything else. stinks.