My iron is low, low, low. They re-tested it at my 12-week appointment and I’m not making much progress. Since oral iron pills aren’t making much of a difference, it’s on to iron infusions.
Which consists of 5 appointments over the course of 14 days, each about 48-72 hours apart. Each infusion is by IV and takes about 2 hours.
Today was my first appointment and it didn’t start off very well. You do it at the hospital and they just put you in a regular room while you get the treatment. I’ve never had problem giving blood or having an IV put in, but it took 3 tries by 3 different nurses in 3 different locations to actually get blood. It took an hour by the time I checked in and actually got a good vein, but then it went fine. It did take 2 hours to empty the IV bag, but it wasn’t painful.
I just rested in the hospital bed, watching TV. I think I even took a nap for a bit. The great news about them being done at the hospital is that I can go in just about any time — in fact, my next appointment is Christmas Day night at 8:00 p.m. I can put the boys to bed and head on over. Otherwise, being gone for 2-3 hours is kind of disruptive with a young family!