I talked to Erin's local doctor yesterday and really thought he would pause a moment then say "April Fools" after he told me that Erin's hemoglobin was "5." Instead, he said, "Let's get her crossed and typed today and transfuse her tomorrow."
Despite having half as much oxygen carrying capacity as a normal person, Erin was certain she didn't need to stay home and conserve her energy last night. Instead, we went to the church for the last session of the School for Christian Living (Spanish for Walter and me, fused glass jewelry for Erin).
I have to say that my life has gotten a lot simpler since my friend and savior Elaine arrived in from Australia. Not only have I missed her every day since she left town in early December, so just seeing her was terrific, but she stepped right in as our family scheduler (without even pausing to see if she was going to have jet lag or not). The days have run much more smoothly, and Elaine doesn't seem to mind running interference on the phone for me when Erin would prefer a back rub or game of card instead of listen to me yammer.
Anyway, I just wanted to let you know about Erin's plans. When we get up and going today, we'll head to St. Joseph's for packed red blood cells. I think it will take most of the day. We will probably replay the plan on Friday, but instead get platelets (remember they were transfusable last week, but we watched them instead of doing anything about them). Well, they went in the right direction (now up to 25,000) which takes Erin out of danger and is not officially transfusable, BUT she needs a little dental work to free a stuck baby tooth, so that the adult tooth can come in right, so we'll probably add a bag of platelets in on Friday, just for fun. Call Elaine (229-9667) if you want to experience the fun with us. She can set you up.