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Had my first infusion today. No complications except for a little queasiness. I had labs last Thursday and my HGB was 8.9; today it was 8. The hematologist strongly recommended a transfusion, but said the decision would be up to me since I'm right on the "borderline" for when he recommends transfusion. Does anyone have any experience with this? I wasn't given much detail except that I would be sent to the hospital to be typed and crossed, and then the day of the procedure I would get the blood products and "other meds" to ensure I didn't have a reaction. Not sure what the other meds are or what kind of effects I might experience. Does anyone have experience with blood transfusions? Also, I'm guessing if my HGB dropped as quickly as it did that my IDA must be a result of blood loss rather than absorption issues. Does this sound about right to you all?

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