So here we are at the James. Jen’s fourth readmission since receiving her transplant. Readmissions are common but each time she has been able to stay out of the hospital longer.
So far her doctors have discovered she was dehydrated (most likely from getting sick) and she needed red blood cells (hemoglobin). Both can explain her fatique and overall weakness. Her hemoglobin count was at 6.4 which under 7 gets her a transfusion.
Again because someone took the time to give blood, Jennifer is able to receive it today. Maybe even someone at the Parish Hall in Ottoville last week. Whomever it was, thank you for giving. Blood transfusions have become vital for Jen to get well.
Before Jennifer got sick, she gave blood many times. Now she is in need of blood and we are learning how important giving blood has become. I hope no one I love has to ever learn the way we have how vital it is. But please, give blood so someone can receive blood.