Today was another uneventful day, which is good but still draining. When the NP came by this morning she said that, as expected, Averi's blood counts are starting to drop. They tried to wait as long as possible before having to give her blood products, since there is always a risk, but they had waited long enough.
Averi's platelets were 16 (20 is means for a transfusion) and her hemoglobin was 7.3, which should have left her tired and pale. Instead she was chipper as ever; the NP couldn't believe it. This meant she had to get platelets and red blood today.
Lucky for us, Grandma direct donated some blood while she was here last week. This was the first time Averi was able to get blood from someone we know, which was pretty cool. Grandma tried to pass out while she was giving the blood, but she held it together and made the sacrifice for Averi, which is greatly appreciated! Averi kept playing with the blood tube and trying to eat it...um gross.
So I rigged up fleece bands that I could tie around her ankles. I don't know how long they will last but at least they look more comfortable and they stay on. (I know what you're thinking, and yes I do need to get out of the hospital more often.)
P.S. - If anyone ever wanted to direct donate blood for Averi, not that we are asking but because people have asked us, she is A positive. Contact me and I will add your name to her list of donors. Then you just go to a Red Cross (after they get the paper work) and they will send your blood to us. :)