Have you ever had a transfusion?

  1. Okay - I couldn't even count the transfusions I've GIVEN, but this will be my first to receive.

    I'm kinda scared about it, actually.

    Have any of you had to have a transfusion and how did it work out for you?


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  3. by   LasVegasRN
    Awww Dennie. I know you've been under the weather, and I hope things turn out well for you. I've never had a transfusion, but wanted to send my good wishes! :angel2:
  4. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I have not but my son did at 3 months following craniotomy. I was freaking out about the blood hanging over his crib (not a nurse then, but HIV/Hepatitis struck fear in my heart nonetheless, regardless of careful screening procedures). Obviously, your health states makes this a necessity. Hopefully, you will be feeling MUCH better as a result. Nothing I can say here will reassure you fully, but I do want you to know 10 years later, he is a strong, healthy kiddo who is doing GREAT! I wish you well and my thoughts are with you at this time. Hope your health improves very soon!:kiss
  5. by   kaycee
    Yes Dennie, had to have 2 units after my hip replacement in July. I was told pre-op that I wouldn't need to give my own blood because they use the cell saver and give back what's in the drain. I should have done it anyway because I apparently bled more then they thought and required blood afterall.
    It was just weird knowing someone elses blood was going in to me. I didn't have any problems with it though. If you have any specific questions feel free to PM me. I'll be glad to help.
  6. by   RNinICU
    I had a transfusion 19 years ago after some surgery. This was before the worries about HIV/Hepatitis. At the time, I didn't really think anything of it. A few years later when we started hearing about AIDS and how it was transmitted, I started to worry and asked my doctor to be tested. He laughed at me. Now I have a different doctor, but I am still healthy as a horse, although a middle aged horse with a few aches and pains. If I were to need a transfusion, I would not hesitate to get one at my hospital. We live in a low risk area, and all of our blood comes from local volunteer donors. With the testing in place, I feel our blood supply is safe. I might feel differently about it though if I lived in a high risk area.
  7. by   CATHYW
    Sorry to heaer that your count is down. What caused that? I know you've been pretty ill, but didn't realize it would be something that would affect anything other than white cells.

    Neve4r had a transfusion-came within a gnat of it when my hgb sank from >14 to 8.2 overnight, secondary to a GI bleed, secondary to a GRAM of Naprosyn a day! Doc wanted to do it then, and I said no. He said if I dropped to 8 or below we'd do it, and I agreed. Never did go that low.

    Take care of yourself, girl, and get plenty of rest.
  8. by   shannonRN
    i have never recieved a transfusion but my lil bro did...he was born 3 mos early. doing fine now, 18 years later. sorry i don't have any words of advice or wisdom. but i do hope you will be feeling better soon! sending healing thoughts your way!
  9. by   KRVRN
    I received one in 1975 immediately after being born... mom had an abruption and I came out WHITE. But working NICU now I've heard that they used to be more transfusion-happy pre-AIDS scare, so who knows how bad off I was.
  10. by   aus nurse

    Been wondering how you were doing girlfriend. Have never had a transfusion, so can't help ya out on that side. But think of getting some energy back again hun..sounds like you need some

    Sending good transfusion thoughts your way:kiss
  11. by   adrienurse
    Never have had one (to my knowledge). Dennie, I want to know how you're doing. Please tell us. WE LOVE YOU!
  12. by   NurseDennie
    Thanks for all the good thoughts etc., guys.

    The only good thing about not actually having any red cells to speak of is you don't have the ...... well, you're kind of in a fog (at least I am) and I'm not fretting NEARLY as much as I would do if I were myself, as it were. Heh heh

    When I told my boss I wouldn't be in tomorrow (hospital told me to just expect to spend the day with them) I couldn't remember the name of what I was going in for. She thought I was going for my procedure, and I had to say, "No not that, the other thing." and then after we figured out what I was having, they were laughing about not remembering "transfusion." Then she felt bad "oh no! We're making fun of her and she's in such trouble." I didn't mind.

    Ah well.... Thanks again for the good thoughts and all that. I'll let you know how I feel when I get home tomorrow! I expect I'll immediately feel better. Ooooh - Maybe I'll be WARM???



    I don't cyber hug many people, ya know!

    I'll be thinking of you tomorrow dah-ling. I'd give you my cells if I could....

    :kiss Heather
  14. by   kaycee
    Originally posted by OBNURSEHEATHER

    I don't cyber hug many people, ya know!

    I'll be thinking of you tomorrow dah-ling. I'd give you my cells if I could....

    :kiss Heather
    ahhhh geeez what a nice thing to say