It turned into a long day. We had a delay seeing the nurse practitioner to get sign off on chemo – unfortunately that delay turned into a 2.5-3hour delay. Then we had another delay on the saline drip for rehydration, which caused about another additional hour. So we arrived at Stanford at 11:20 and did not finish at transfusion until after 7pm. Add in the 30-45 minute drive each way and it definitely made for a long day.
It looks like I’ll be Stanford bound again tomorrow morning for a transfusion. My red blood cell and other related things have been getting progressively lower with each dose of AC. So, at this point they are recommending a transfusion. Apparently, any medication that would treat this would take 6-8 weeks to take effect, and the side effects are actually less with the the transfusion. However, I apparently have some anti-bodies in my blood which means that the donated blood needs to be more closely screened to match my blood. I have an appointment tomorrow morning, but the blood might not be ready – so we are to call first before driving up.
The new blood is due to come at a time when I usually have a low – so it might turn into a real blessing – giving me more energy when I typically don’t have much. Crossing my fingers that they find a match before tomorrow morning.
Either way, this is the last dose of AC – so worthy of celebration.