Starting IVIG Immunoglobulin? My Routine and Tips
Recently I’ve spoken with several people trying to or about to start IVIG immunoglobulin therapy. Everyone has lots of questions about what to do, what it’s like, and what to expect.
So, here’s my routine to get ready for an IVIG infusion.
The night before, I pull my gym bag with supplies for my infusion days. In it are a lap blanket, personal sundries, and my wireless, noise-canceling headphones. I’ve got music albums pre-loaded onto my iPhone for my listening pleasure. There is one sealed bag of infusion supplies such as caps and over-wraps I’ve collected along the way in case they don’t have something. The morning of, I add my iPad (charged!) to the gym bag.
I pull down my Igloo cooler bag and, in the bottom, put a large frozen cold pack. Then I add a large bottle of my favorite sparkling beverage (Pellegrino sparkling water), a couple of fruit cups and pieces of chocolate, and a spoon.
Before I head out the door, I half-fill a large Yeti tumbler half full with sparkling water, and I’m out the door! Gym bag. Igloo cooler bag, and Yeti tumbler.
So what’s the takeaway? My infusion day will last somewhere around 4 hours. I want to be comfortable, self-sufficient and entertained the whole time.
I hope this helps you plan for YOUR next IVIG infusion.
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