Well, that wasn’t how I envisioned the day unfolding.
This morning Lori and Lizzy took Treas to kindergarten, then they swung by our local hospital so Lizzy could get her regularly scheduled labs drawn. In the meantime, I was playing catch up for work after traveling back and forth to Cincy every day last week. Unfortunately, the catch up work didn’t last long.
Within about 30 minutes of leaving the local hospital, Lori received a call from our Cincy case manager. She said the blood test results had already come in and Lizzy had zero platelets. As in none – zip, zero, nada. The case manager told Lori she needed to get Lizzy to our local children’s hospital ER immediately for a platelet transfusion.
When you have no platelets, your body has no way of stopping any bleeding. So, any type of bump or cut or scratch or impact that could cause bleeding suddenly becomes a life-threatening situation because the person could bleed out. So it was imperative that Lizzy get some platelets NOW!
Lori called me to tell me what was going on and said she was swinging by the house to pick me up. As soon as she pulled in the driveway, I jumped in the van and away we went to downtown Louisville.
Once we finally got parked and got inside, we were immediately taken back to the ER. After the required check of vitals, they had to access Lizzy’s port. Once all of that was finished, then they had to draw some blood to “type and screen” her blood (basically determine her blood type so they could match it to the donor platelets). After all of that, she was ready for the transfusion.
(Lizzy receiving platelet transfusion. They gave her Benadryl beforehand to negate any potential negative reactions to the transfusion and it knocked her out)
The transfusion itself lasted about 2 hours, and then there was a whole set of routines to follow after the transfusion was complete. So, after spending about 10 hours in the ER, we were able to come home.
Lizzy feels better, although we have been dealing with some nausea since we’ve gotten home. We called the Cincy clinic tonight and they told us to give her some anti-nausea medicine, so hopefully things will settle down soon and everyone can get some rest.
You know, I used to really enjoy the ups and downs of a roller coaster ride. Now – not so much.