T + 57 Like a Pin Cushion

Well the transplant clinic was as bad as I'd feared as far as delays were concerned and the situation was exacerbated by the fact they were two doctors short. I arrived at 10:30 for my 10:45 appointment and was seen about 12:15, still I was well prepared so it wasn't a problem.

What I was less prepared for was being stabbed three times for blood. I went in to the phlebotomists' room on arrival and had about 10 tubes of blood taken. The reason there are so many is because I am providing samples every two weeks for a study into Graft Versus Host Disease. I took my seat in the waiting room and then was called back in as the new phlebotomist hadn't done four other tubes that were needed so I got stabbed again.

I then went in to see the consultant. My counts were pretty good, white cells up to 3, neutrophils up to 2.1 , haemoglobin is still dropping but my transfusion tomorrow will take care of that for a bit. As my neutrophils are well above 1.0 now I don't need any more of the evil GCSF injections this week but we discussed my funny turns and next time I need GCSF I will be given a different formulation of the stuff than the filgrastim I have been taking.

The consultant gave me a transfusion form for to pass to the nurses to put in the tube of blood for cross matching by blood type. Unfortunately the new phlebotomist had mislabled the tube earlier ( putting my NHS number on instead of my hospital reference number ) and for obvious reasons the transfusion service will reject any tubes that don't have all the correct details on. So I was stabbed for a third time.

After that I saw the pharmacist to get topped up on some of my drugs but rather than wait the 45 mins for the dispensary I arranged to pick them up tomorrow when I am there for my transfusion.

Non-medical bit to follow.

The Book Meme

I got this from one of the blogs that I read, Jono Bacon

The rules for this meme thing are :
  • Grab the nearest book.
  • Open it to page 56.
  • Find the fifth sentence.
  • Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.
  • Don’t dig for your favorite book, the cool book, or the intellectual one: pick the CLOSEST.
So here is the sentence:-

"A play for our times in the Trinity lecture theatre."

Taken from "The Liar" by Stephen Fry. ( I'm not obsessed really).

I'm now supposed to "tag" five other bloggers I know and ask them to do the same. Unfortunately I don't personally know five people with blogs so I'll do the best I can and tag people I know read this blog. If you don't have a blog you can post a comment on this blog.

Tig you're it:-

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