Tuesday, June 16, 2009

One Day Down!

Today was a very long day. First, I was tested on IV ingredients to see what I was allergic to. Then we got the doctor's order for me to have an Auto-Hem. An Auto-Hem is where they take out almost all of your blood. Ok.. maybe just a pint...but it seems like all of your blood. They take it out through an IV and it goes into a big bottle. Then they mix it with ozone, which turns it bright red and kills any bacteria in it. Next it goes through a UV light, which also helps clean the blood. Once it goes through the UV light it goes back in you. After it all goes back in, which takes about 2 hours, they start an IV of hydrogen peroxide. The whole procedure takes about 4 hours. Today, it didn't go well. It is so weird because you can taste every IV and shot they give you. The taste alone is enough to make you pass out. They started taking all the blood and I got so shaky and was so close to passing out. This has never happened before to me. Thankfully, I didn't pass out. I made it through the rest of that part just fine. Right when they started the hydrogen peroxide I started having an allergic reaction. The taste was horrible and made me really nausious. I all of the sudden got so hot and achy and almost passed out again. My mom came over and made sure I didn't pass out while the nurse ran to get the doctor. They immediately stopped it and started me on fluids to flush the hydrogen peroxide out of my system. It took me a while to recover from the reaction. When I could finally sit up, they decided it was time to change the dressing on my PICC line. That took a long time but went great! With the Auto-Hem you don't get any shots, so we were done for the day! We got to leave the clinic around 6. I'm doing better but still worn out from the reaction. Please pray that I don't have anymore reactions to any of the medicines. This is such a great verse about not worrying. Taking it one day at a time with the help of God.

"Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don't get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes." Matthew 6:34 (The Message)

1 comment:

  1. Victoria,
    You are in my prayers. You are such a strong vessel and an encouragement to us all. Stay strong and know that people here love you and have you in our hearts daily. Thanks for the updates.