In PICU: Gwendolyn Had a Blood Transfusion

September 08, 2011 by Victoria Strong

Well, crud. We are in the PICU again. Little Miss Gwendolyn had to have a blood transfusion. I know -- What the heck! Over the last week Gwendolyn has been really pale and so her doctors wanted to check her red blood count. Well, yesterday her hemoglobin came back a 5. Now all of this is new to us, but apparently 5 is crazy-oh-my-gosh-whoa because Team Gwendolyn went into full effect with that report. The thinking is she had a reaction to the antibiotic she was on. And even though she has been off of it for a week and her body is working really hard, she needed a bit of help to boost her back up to normal range.

Now, just getting blood from Gwendolyn is a challenge. I think getting blood from a stone would be easier. So just having the lab work done was difficult and then having to have it all redone to double check and then having to have a central line put in for the transfusion really chapped Gwendolyn's hide royally. She did think getting "Super Girl" blood was kind of cool, but only if it didn't involve needles.

We know it is an absolutely crazy reality to say we are taking this as hopeful news. We are hoping that with a more normal blood count Miss G will finally get her energy back, will have a lower heart rate, and won't have to work so hard just to enjoy herself. So, while this isn't a great thing, our outlook is that perhaps the many different pieces of this summer's puzzle are finally being solved. We are really, really, really hoping this is the case.

We expect to be home today after the latest lab results come in and show that her "Super Girl" blood is in full effect. We have already seen some improvements in her heart rate. YAY! This morning Gwendolyn is busy playing with Bull's Eye, her robot, and her new mood ring, while eyeing everyone who comes in very suspiciously. Being almost four has made Gwendolyn a bit less forgiving of being poked and prodded, but we understand. So it was important to tell her, "We want you to know that we would not let any of this happen if we didn't think it would help you" to which she looked at us, studied our faces, and then rolled her eyes up to say, "Yes, I understand" followed by her "I love you" sound. She is simply amazing and a true Super Girl in our eyes.

Talk About It

Hugs to Miss G. Super Girl, indeed!
Posted by gettyowl on 2011-09-08 08:53:17
My heart stopped beating reading the header. Glad they are maybe figuring out what is going on. Gwendolyn, you are beyond amazing and we love you TONS. Super big HUGS for a Super Girl!
Posted by Jennifer Calafiore on 2011-09-08 09:12:48
I'm hopeful G will be feeling herself again very soon. Sending you guys lots of love and hugs!
Posted by Debby St. Onge on 2011-09-08 09:50:38
Sweet Gwendolyn will be in my prayers! She is one amazing young woman. Sending hugs to you all.
Posted by Hilary Craner on 2011-09-08 10:00:58
Please be well Gwendolyn, we are all thinking of you and sending you best wishes. You are truly the strongest little girl I know and an Inspiration to us all. Godspeed
Posted by stephen taylor on 2011-09-08 10:01:55
I love that girl!! I love that she knows how you protect her, how you keep her safe and do everything for her. I know you don't like any of the things happening but I am sure it is nice to have her reassure you that she knows it is all done with and out of love. Please give G a hug, I know we have never met but I feel such a special love for your sweet girl. Super Girl all the way!!! Love Em
Posted by Emma on 2011-09-08 10:12:37
Hugs to all of you. Wow! A hemoglobin of % would certainly zap your her energy, increase he r heart rate and leave her with very little reserve. Praying this is the answer to the puzzle and that she feels Super Strong real soon!
Posted by Dale Weiser on 2011-09-08 10:14:03
love her! i hope she gets back to her "super girl" self very soon!
Posted by maggie on 2011-09-08 10:50:52
I hope you guys get out of there soon.
Posted by Rebecah on 2011-09-08 11:04:08
Hoping Super Girl has some super charged blood along with some super energy and she sleeps snug in her own bed tonight! : )
Posted by Kristen on 2011-09-08 11:09:35
Okay super girl, flip this thing around, and get home fast. It is amazing what some fresh red with do. Saw it all the time with Miss Z. Sending love and all good things your way sweet precious family.
Posted by Zoey's mom on 2011-09-08 12:07:54
been thinking about you guys so much over the last few weeks.... Saying prayers and sending hugs to Super Girl! Wish Elle the Great Dane could come visit and give her a snuggle - they could compare IV wounds! (Elle had to have three of her four legs shaved during her stint in the ER last month and has a big shaved belly from her splenectomy!). I think Elle is a little big bigger than Little Star and Elle loves kids/strollers so I think they'd be good buddies! Too bad you guys are so far away. Thanks for taking the time to keep us updated!
Posted by Legally Fabulous on 2011-09-08 12:12:27
Wow - that is crazy!!! I am so glad that you were able to get the "super girl blood" into Miss G and she seems to be feeling better already. Hoping that will bring things back to "normal" for you guys!!! What a trooper smile She looks great in the picture!
Posted by Ashley Jones on 2011-09-08 12:50:45
Great to hear that this is hopeful news!!! Can't wait to hear all the benefits of Miss G's strong, healthy new blood! Love and huge hugs to Super Girl and her SUPER parents!!!
Posted by Sheri on 2011-09-08 14:27:06
Just had a panic attack but I am so glad to read that things are looking up for G! Except for the poking, we hate pokes royally too;(
Posted by Cherisse on 2011-09-08 15:03:22
No wonder G was so exhausted! Sweet girl. I certainly hope you see all of that sparkle and zip come back! xoxoxoxo
Posted by Corinne on 2011-09-08 16:17:06
Now we will see the incredible fabulous Miss G back in action!!!! So sorry about all the scary needles but maybe this will just zip her back to herself!
Posted by Penny on 2011-09-08 17:29:49
Oh my word, what a trooper Miss G really is. I am so glad she is already showing signs of feeling better and I'm even happier to read on FB that you are home. Hugs, hugs and more hugs.
Posted by Jaime Gooden on 2011-09-08 20:25:41
Oh boo! Central fun, Maggie knows all about those. Thoughts are always with you!!!
Posted by Lindsey Coleman on 2011-09-08 20:27:20
Thoughts, prayers and hugs for you all. --Mari
Posted by Mari on 2011-09-08 20:40:08
You are all such amazingly strong soldiers. Sending lots of healing energy and much love,.
Posted by MT Grandma on 2011-09-09 07:16:27
big hugs to Gwendolyn!! Hang in there, Super Girl!! <3
Posted by laura ashley on 2011-09-09 10:51:08
My heart aches for all you guys have gone through recently. I need to call you sometime
Posted by TJ on 2011-09-09 11:31:34
Well Miss G. You have had a rough ride lately. What we would like to see is a super little girl take flight on super powered will power which you have never been short of ! ! Hang in their honey you don`t know just how loved you are and how many people pray for the amazing Strong family. God Bless you all. Much love Carol
Posted by Carol on 2011-09-13 17:31:29
Praying for you to have peace and for The Super Girl! Love, Danika
Posted by Danika Cito on 2011-09-13 19:38:21

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