Dengue Diaries: Day 4 contd

This is a chronicle of events that happened a year ago when I suffered from dengue. You can find the previous entries here: Preface, day 1, day2, day 3, day3contd, day 4


Once again, we find ourselves in the emergency ward, but this time at a larger, busier and better equipped hospital. The staff too look more energetic, efficient and effusive. The other good thing about this hospital is that my sister had studied at the medical school attached and knew most of the doctors here. She calls to tell us that through her contacts, she has found a young PG intern, Dr. Sanju working under Dr. Kumar.

Shortly, Dr. Sanju herself comes to see me and assures me there’s nothing to worry. Then she asks me to look out for any signs of bleeding and to inform the medical staff if such a thing occurs. So much for not worrying!

In the meantime, our cousins land up at the blood bank to donate blood. J asks them to wait as he’s busy with the admission formality and they need the reference letter for the platelet collection. The admission process is taking longer than usual, and by the time J gets to the blood bank, the cousins have already donated blood.

Seeing that they had been waiting for a while, the staff at the blood bank told them that they could donate the blood, and they would make sure that the concerned patient receives it. But when J shows them the SDP (Single donor platelet) request letter, he’s told that the blood collected cannot be used as the process for SDP collection is different.

So after having the cousins come all the way on a festival day (It was still Diwali), we don’t have the SDPs and no other person we know was immediately available that day.

Realising the gravity of the situation, J’s cousin’s husband hangs around trying to figure out what to do. Just then, one of the hospital’s regular donors walks in. My mom and cousin catch hold of him and request him to donate platelets, but he refuses. After much cajoling and pleading, he relents and I get my first dose of SDP.

Platelet donation happens in a process called apheresis, which takes 3 hours as opposed to a routine blood donation which takes about 20 mins. The long process is therefore a deterrent to most people who are unaware of it.

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