Thursday, February 23, 2012

Not Just a Transfusion Day

Yesterday was E's 2nd US transfusion.  It was a really early day, and to say that E is not a Morning Person is really putting it lightly.  Just like her mother.

We had a new set of nurses yesterday who told us they had been "warned" that E is the cutest thing ever and that they would want to take her home.  Just as predicted, everyone wanted to put her between two slices of whole wheat toast and eat her right up.

The transfusion itself went really well.  Because E has teeny tiny veins with lots of scar tissue, she saw the IV Team right off the bat to get her line in.  It took about 30 minutes of searching by an expert IV person with a fancy red light to find one, but when she did, she got it on the first try.  We all breathed a sigh of relief.  After that, things went really well.  E only needed a small transfusion because after 4 weeks her hemoglobin was 10.4!  For you hematology buffs, you know what that means.  For the rest of you...that is AWESOME! 

Mama, what's up with these mitts they put on me?
What a minute...they are getting hot!

Hey, nurse...this cuff is a litte tight!
Since we were in and out so quickly (relatively speaking) and we were lucky enough to have such a beautiful sunny day in the mid-50s, we took a ride up to Newburyport.  E loved going in the little shops, hanging out at a cafe, playing at the playground, and we are pretty sure she saw the ocean for the first time.  She seemed very excited, and kept saying "wawa" (water).  It was really nice to turn a transfusion day into something special and memorable.  What a minute...who am I kidding??  Everything with E is special and memorable.


Bonnie, Jim and Ainsley said...

E is just the sweetest thing I have ever seen. Glad that she is doing so well!
Her smile always puts a smile on my face!

Paige said...

She is precious! She looks so content in her new family!

Pattie and Joe said...

what a fun thing to wake up to. That smile! We need to write a book. It's such a fairy tale come true. Watch out you Disney Princesses. Here comes Princess Emmiline as we travel through this wondrous journey! Only this princess has great parents who love her and the Princess is a hero to us all with her transfusions with a smile!

Ladyblog said...

I'm so happy to see that E is adjusting so well. She is absolutely adorable!
Rebecca (from adopting thal yahoo and fb groups)

Debbie Sauer said...

She is so precious. What a brave little girl. Blessings