Monday, October 12, 2015
BJ had clinic early this morning to check blood counts. His hemoglobin was low (no surprise, due to his headache), and so was his platelet count. It makes for a very long day when he has to get a blood transfusion. Each time he needs blood, a sample of his blood is sent down to the lab for a 'type and cross'. This process takes about an hour. The 'typing and crossmatching' is a lab process that makes sure the patient receiving the transfusion gets the correct type of blood. The transfusion itself takes between 3-4 hours, so it's a lot of waiting. BJ keeps himself busy, either sleeping, playing a game, or catching up on the latest in US and World news and the Republican presidential race.