The 1%

I am a part of the 1% that has had a worse than a bad reaction to giving platelets. My friend from church has cancer so I went to her hospital to give platelets. She has just received her stem cell transplant and needs new blood and platelets every day until her stem cells continue to engraft and create the blood she needs. In giving, my body did not react well to the citrate and I had 3 nurses on me for the last hour of it. I felt silly and stupid since no one else in there was having issues giving blood or platelets. I had such an excited and willing heart to give and my body just didn’t. Figures. God gave me such gracious and kind nurses who were there to provide me with everything I needed to get better. My tunnel vision went away, my hearing came back, my stomach began to finally go back to normal. Leaving I still had wobbly legs that were begging me not to take another step, but I didn’t want to bother them any longer.

Driving back, I thought about everything I experienced and how much worse it was for my friend who is currently experiencing high fevers, diarrhea, rashes, sores, everything you can imagine wrong. Even though her blood cells are slowly climbing, she still is facing everything that you can think of that’s painful. I thought to myself, I only experienced a few hours of what she receives every day…and hers is so much worse. I just couldn’t fathom being that sick.

Today was a reminder to constantly be in prayer for her as she fights this battle. Please pray for people who are sick and can’t go anywhere, who experience pain and nausea every day. Please pray for healing and for a faith that surpasses all understanding. Pray for them as they face their challenges head on. Pray for peace.


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