Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Two weeks and counting...

Yesterday I took DD to the hospital to have her blood typed. I wanted plenty of time to set up the family direct donor blood bank for her upcoming surgery. DD did not cry at all during the blood work. She held so still and thoroughly amazed the phlebotomist.

Phlebotomist told me that she would have to be retyped before surgery as they will not accept any testing over three days. WHAT? I believe that blood type doesn't change over the course of your lifetime. Why would they need to test her again?

Today I called ARUP blood services to set up the family donor bank. Another road block. It turns out that insurance doesn't pay for any of it. Not only would we be paying for the collecting and storing of the blood, we would also pay for typing all family donors and irradiating the blood to prevent something called Graft vs. Host disease which can happen with family donors. I asked ARUP why the hospital would even give me the information to do this and they told me it was for legal reasons. But they strongly suggested against it. I'm grateful that the manager of ARUP told me about this up front rather than presenting me with a very big bill later on.

I was looking forward to doing something to help DD. After talking to Mr. Wonderful about this we decided not to go through the stress and expense of setting up a family blood bank.

DD endured a needle stick for nothing. Good thing that she is the most forgiving person I know. This child doesn't know how to hold a grudge. She forgives the way we are all taught to forgive, completely and with no residual anger or resentment.

Two weeks left on the count down.


Val said...

I think getting poked is the saddest thing! Good thing kids are so forgiving. You are a great mom!

CandyandLadybugs said...

What a little trooper! What a pain to have to go through all of that though! URG!

2 weeks! Wow! It is coming up quickly. YIKES!

www.prayingforparker.com said...

You know we are sooo going to be there for you, right?