March 12, 2009
Riffing on the title of my last post, we now know that we have about eight hours of transfusions in our immediate future. Immuno-compromised folks have special blood needs, so Erin's new blood will have to be irradiated and leukocyte-depleted before she can claim it. Because of that, it also has to travel from another city before it can jump inside her body. Well, jump isn't accurate. Because of her pleural effusion, the docs want a slow transfusion to make sure her fluids don't back up. Translation: the lab has crossed, typed, and ordered her blood. The hospital has a room standing by (St. Joseph's 396). When the blood arrives (my guess is 6:00 p.m.) we will go and get the packed red blood cells. I'm guessing some time only slightly before midnight, they will send us home with instructions to come back tomorrow for at least another four or five hours for the platelets.
What is the funniest movie available on DVD that we can rent this afternoon or tomorrow morning to keep Erin entertained? It doesn't have to be the latest, newest movie. . .just funny and commercially available. . .and not rated R.
In other breaking news, we rang the metaphorical bell on radiation this afternoon and are glad to take that off the daily agenda.