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    Hi Can i know when and why you've been asked to do an iron transfusion? I'm concerned with my iron levels as my recent Ferritin level is 7. Just wondering if my gynae will arrange this as an option for me in case it's not increasing with the iron supplement I'm taking. I'm in my 28th week btw. THanks.
    I wasn't able to get one till my levels were 2. But I'd absolutely inquire! It really helped me!!

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    I'm 32 weeks but also at risk of going into labour early. Still at the hospital it has now been just over 12 hours.

    Not sure how they do the levels, the way it was explained to me is that I should be at 115 but my level was at 88 and then taking two iron tablets for two and a half weeks brought it up to 94 but still not where it needed to be so doctor got me to come in.

    They are going to check my levels again at 36 weeks and see if I need another one or not.

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    12 hours, wow!

    I had one today too - mine usually take around 4.5 hours from the time the drip goes in (which takes forever as my veins are shot!) to the time I walk out the door. My ferritin stores were also 7, but I have a medical condition which means a drop in my iron stores every 6 months anyway so it wasn't entirely unexpected! I hardly absorb any iron from tablets, so always have an infusion - it usually takes 3-4 days to feel the full effect, but generally feel at least a little better that night.

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    What does your Iron level have to be to need an infusion?

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    How much does it cost each time if you don't mind me asking?

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    It didn't cost me anything. I'm a public patient and in sa. Not sure if its different elsewhere

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    I'm in Tass. I went public and didn't have to pay either.


 

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