I had 3 units of blood pumped into me last Friday over a period of 6 hours at Nelson Hospital.
Saturday was a wipe-out. I felt as if I’d been run over by a truck. What surprises me is that although there was an immediate improvement in my colour, the physical effects of the transfusion take a few days to kick in. Even today, Monday, although I feel mildly better, I think I still felt better the day before the transfusion when the haemoglobin was very low!
I wonder if it has something to do with the fact that though the laboratories do their best to match my own blood with the blood I am to receive, it can never be a total match. That could mean that a ‘rejection’ battle can take place until the new blood is properly assimilated.
Never mind, tomorrow is another day which should show another improvement.