Day 5: Collection day!
Day 5: End of the line. Got up at 7:00 AM today since the collection was scheduled at 8. The nurse gave me an Ativan to ease the tension =X I had one last injection. I don’t know if it was nerves or what because it felt more painful than the last two times T___T.
Anyways, the nurses set me up on a bed and first set up the needle in the right arm. What’s nice is that they numb both the right and left arm so when they insert the needle, I didn’t feel anything. Gahhh, but the stuff they used to numb the area burned/stung. But definitely better than feeling a needle lodged in my arm. Omg, it was soo cool when they inserted the needle in the left arm though (returning blood) because I could move it, and there was tubing around and connected with blood flowing through it. It looked kind of cool. Hahahah.
Bummer though, the centrifuge machine was directly next to me and I couldn’t see it in action =( I tried to lean over to see it but only saw half of it because of my arm. There were little circular things spinning and above it were baggies for blood and for some stuff that they mixed with my returning blood so it wouldn’t clot.
I fell asleep immediately after the collection started and woke up like 2 hours later feeling tingly… a result of the stuff they mixed with my blood because it binds to calcium to prevent clotting. Which leads to a calcium deficiency and a tingly feeling (said the nurse). So I got to get calcium injections! Hooray, it felt really weird, because it gives hot flashes. The nurse said I’d feel like an old middle aged woman going through menopause XD
I also got to learn how to use a bedpan… yay… Uhhhh. It’s very difficult especially since I couldn’t move my right arm. Uhmm… yeah… >.> Props to the nurses though since they have to treat it with dignity and respect and definitely made me feel comfortable.
The last hour and a half felt the longest, Jeff and I were watching TV and stuff though, the remote kind of sucked… There was only one button and I could only change the channel forward or else cycle through all the channels again…
At the end, they unhooked me and a doctor checked how I was feeling and they gave me some Tums (calcium) to take home. We took a taxi home and I was falling asleep during the ride back >.< I guess you could say the experience is like giving blood for 6 hours straight… but I don’t really know since I’ve never given blood before. All and all, it was a very cool experience. I don’t know yet if I’ll ever get to hear about the recipient but I hope for the best for her =)
ALSO! Last but definitely not least, THANK YOU JEFF!!! For coming with me to all my appointments and each and every injection and holding my hand through it all. =) He deserves half the credit or else I would have probably been sobbing through all the injections and the collection >.<
Edit: I went a edited my post… I wanted to get this out and didn’t bother to proof-read…