Oct 30, 2010 - 3:03 pm
This week my dad was able to get 2 units of blood. Since the chemo he has been anemic and very symptomatic. He had it all, pale skin, cold, shortness of breath,fatigue and terrible dizziness. His hemoglobin was sitting right at 8.9 or 9 even after not getting chemo for 6 weeks. It has only been a couple of days but his skin pinked up right away and the dizziness is much better.
It hasn't done much for the fatigue but when you have EC with mets to your liver and lungs do you ever get over the fatigue? Add a pain patch, oxycotin, and a few more meds that cause drowsiness and I guess we are blessed he is alert and awake at all!
How many of you have had had blood transfusions? Did they help?
I understand protocol for how low your blood counts have to be, I've worked in the medical field, but why are they so stingy with wanting to give him blood? Insurance again has to be crappy about wanting to pay for them. My dad is a member of the "Over 10 Gallon Club" with the Red Cross, meaning he has given that much blood over the years. If it helps him feel better, I think he should get it, especially after donating so much.