Tuesday, August 25, 2009

It becomes very real

One of the (many) reasons we chose Dr. Fearon in Dallas is that he does everything possible to maximize safety and lower risks during his operations. One of the ways he does this is by prescribing pre-surgery Procrit injections. Procrit is a drug that increases the red blood cell count in the body, thus decreasing the chance that Mason will need a blood transfusion. The biggest risk of this surgery (and it is a very serious risk) is blood loss. He is to have 3 injections (maybe 2 if his count is high enough before the third), once a week the three weeks before his surgery. I've heard from other mom's that the hardest part is the blood draw, and they have to do this before each injection to check his hematocrit. Some even say that this was one of the hardest parts of the whole experience. Well, his first one is this Thursday, just two days away, and I find myself really dreading it. Hopefully it will go better than expected. I imagine it will all become much more real after this.

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