The fun begins soon...

Half an hour and Shelbie starts the IVIG infusion, unless by some miracle her body kicked into gear and is now making platelets hand over fist!  It could happen, it's happened before but only time will tell. 

Here are a few facts about IVIG
IVIG stands for Intravenous Immunoglobulin
It contains the antibody IgG that is extracted from the blood plasma
It can take up to 20,000 donors to get enough IgG for one treatment
Results can be seen in 24-48 hours though some may have to wait 3-4 weeks before seeing an improvement
Some may never see good results from this treatment.  After 3-4 sessions of infusion and no results, they
        abandon the course of treatment. 
If good results are seen, infusions can happen every week or every couple of weeks.
The cost of one treatment......$10,000.  Merry Christmas Shelbie!!  ( I'm just kidding of course)

This has been one expensive fall.  $40,000 for bone marrow biopsies and mitochondrial testing.  There is a shortage of platelets.  One article I read said they can be upwards of $5000 for one transfusion of platelets, more if it's irradiated.  Now a $10,000 bill for IVIG.  The cost of the hospital and doctors still remains to be seen.  Whew, this is not a cheap disease to have.  Hopefully, I won't get stuck with too much of this.  We should be covered but time will tell. 


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