• Blood Transfusion?Common?Ugh, seriously? Round 2 Family WN'ers and they said I might need to spend my Sat, getting blood.

    Asked by Gretchen on Thursday, May 23, 2013

    Blood Transfusion?Common?Ugh, seriously? Round 2 Family WN'ers and they said I might need to spend my Sat, getting blood.

    In come the steaks, beans, spinach.. Any one out there have a hint on hoe to keep this scariness away, I don't want blood.

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    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      I asked my Oncologist about steaks, liver and all the other foods that you can think of and he said they absolutely do not work. I had to get a transfusion and it was the easiest thing I did through my entire treatment. I told him that I felt fine and he pretty much said that my body had adjusted to feeling like XXX. He was right. I walked into the hospital feeling fine and walked out feeling 100 times better.

      over 3 years ago
    • Hopegirl's Avatar

      I have gotten blood transfusions a couple of times, and I didn't want them either. However, I was so weak from the chemo knocking my red blood cells way down that I knew I needed something. I prayed that the blood was safe (and it was), and the transfusion itself was no big deal. I felt much, much better after.

      over 3 years ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar

      All my blood counts stayed where they were supposed to, so I don't know what you are going through first hand. But I'm really sorry you might need a transfusion. Hang in there. Hugs.

      over 3 years ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar

      I have had to have several Transfusions after surgery. These were a little scary for me one I woke up after surgery and saw the transfusion going. The second time was the day after surgery. I passed out while I was walking. The next thing I knew was the Dr. was calling for blood. I knew better this time, I did not look at the transfusion. Just don,t look at it and it will be all right

      over 3 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      Chemo can play havoc with your bone marrow which produces all of your blood cells. Many people in treatment need transfusions. I had to self inject nupergen to help produce white blood cells, had one whole blood transfusion because of anemia, and missed treatments due to low platelet counts. So as you can see you are not alone. Don't be afraid, they do an excellent job matching and typing your blood and monitoring your transfusion.

      Good luck.

      over 3 years ago
    • Gretchen's Avatar

      Thank y'all soooooo much for helping to soothe my nervous nerves! :)

      over 3 years ago
    • AlizaMLS's Avatar

      Hi Gretchen,

      I'm Aliza, a BC patient and the site's unofficial Medical Librarian. I can't answer the question you asked re feeding your blood the iron, nutrient rich food, but I'm aware that in some hospitals you can request "directed transfusions" from relatives or close friends with the same blood type. You may want to find out if that is a possibility in your hospital, and if so, see if you know folks from whom you'd be comfortable receiving a transfusion. We'd thought of doing this with my late Dad, a CLL patient (my daughter and brother are the same blood type [so am I, but I have Lupus, so I was ruled out]). It's something to consider.

      Best wishes,

      over 3 years ago
    • GypsyJule's Avatar

      My iron level was very low before my first surgery, and I ended up having a blood transfusion in order to be eligible for the surgery. My first reaction was "No way!" but I spoke to a nurse about it, and decided it was a better choice than putting surgery off for two months while I took iron pills to increase my levels. It was the best decision I could have made. It sounds scary, but it's very simple, and I felt so much better after the transfusion. Good luck!!

      over 3 years ago
    • Joachima's Avatar

      Yes, I had two transfusions and had no problems. I had my iPhone with all my favorite music & a TV to help pass the time. I didn't want to do it, but my blood count was far too low. I felt better actually after getting the procedure.

      over 3 years ago
    • TubThumping's Avatar

      Gretchen - My guess is that your chemo regime is AIM at it is a bear. I finished three rounds in April 2011. I was supposed to do four but my blood counts tanked so bad each time that a fourth was out of the question. I had 6 blood, 2 platelet and 2 plasma. With the final chemo we scheduled the transfusion because I knew it was a given. One of my transfusions was done when I was on active chemo - the overnight Adriamycin pump. That was the only transfusion that didn't go through my port. The chemo just takes a toll on the body and the blood. Don't be afraid, it will make you feel better.

      over 3 years ago
    • attypatty's Avatar

      Dear Gretchen:
      I had three blood transfusions interspersed with my chemotherapy infusions. I have a form of anemia (thalassemia) which means my red blood cells are, essentially, deformed, similar to sickle cell anemia, and lower in count than normal. So they really took a whacking during chemotherapy. My hemogloblin counts would go down to 6 (12-15 is normal). I learned a new metaphor for something that is incredibly boring - you know, like watching paint dry, watching grass grow, watching blood infuse.....
      The good news - I felt so much better after the blood transfusions, and right away, too. It was like my body bounced back and I had lots more energy. So, as weird as it was to think about someone else's blood in my veins, the transfusions helped enormously. I now stand grateful to blood donors everywhere.
      Compared to chemotherapy, blood transfusions are nothing to fear. You really don't feel anything, except better when it's done.
      Fight On,

      over 3 years ago
    • Vjp2012's Avatar

      I had to have a transfusion in May. I was very nervous, but it went okay. It'll be alright. Hang in there!

      over 3 years ago

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