If it’s Wednesday, it means another Trip to Cincy for one of Lizzy’s Treatments. As an added bonus today, big sis Treasure went with us! Boy oh boy do those two have fun together!
Lizzy had her blood drawn yesterday in Louisville and Lori received a call from the Care Manager letting us know that Lizzy’s Hemoglobin count was right on the border of needing a transfusion. So, we went to Cincy today with the expectation that it would probably be an extended visit so Lizzy could get the Transfusion.
Sure enough, when they checked her blood this morning in Cincy, the hemoglobin had dropped some more, so a transfusion was necessary. Honestly, if not for the frequent lab testing of her blood, you would have no idea that anything was going on with Lizzy’s blood counts.
Let me try and give you some context and color around just how amazing this little girl is.
Hemoglobin basically is a count of your red blood cells that carry oxygen to all of the other cells in your body. Cells need oxygen in order to function properly. Thus, low Hemoglobin means low red blood cells which means decreased oxygen going to all of the cells throughout your body which means decreased function and efficiency for all of your cells. In basic English, your body isn’t operating at its normal effectiveness and you generally are going to feel lethargic with no energy.
In Lizzy’s case, the normal range for Hemoglobin is 11.5 – 13.5. The doctors have told us that unless she is symptomatic (lethargic, headache), then the trigger for a transfusion is 7.0. Yesterday her Hemoglobin was 7.4 and today it was 6.8 – thus, Transfusion time!
So, at 6.8, her Hemoglobin is basically 1/2 the normal level. Imagine if every cell in your body was getting 1/2 the oxygen it needed, every second of every minute of every hour of every day. We’ve been told that for an adult, if their Hemoglobin drops below 9.0, the average adult wouldn’t be able to pull themselves out of bed.
Lizzy was literally outside yesterday running and playing and enjoying the beautiful weather! Amazing!
So, after her chemo treatment today, she received a blood transfusion.
And let me tell ya – the blood Lizzy received today must have had extra red blood cells in it. The ride home was C-R-A-Z-Y!!!
As an added bonus, we stopped at our favorite Chik-Fil-A in Florence and got to see our new favorite employee, Liz. That was really cool! We finally got home around 8pm tonight, so it was a long, 12-hour day.
Hopefully we are finished traveling for a few days. We will rest and recuperate as we get ready for a big week next week.
As always, thank you for your continued prayers and support!