A Blood Transfusion Due to Crohn's Disease Complications

Updated: Apr 21, 2021

If you are suffering from Crohn's Disease and resulting in fatigue you could be very low in iron. This was the problem with me after having a right hemicolectomy as a result of a complication of Crohn's resulting in a life-threatening Psoas Abscess.

Finally, a few weeks after my right hemicolectomy, I had to have a blood transfusion due to Crohn's Disease complications; basically, I was drained of all energy!

Blood transfusion Crohn's Disease

Following my very traumatic operation and life-threatening scare I was still extremely fatigued after the surgery so my GP ordered a blood transfusion to see if that would help.

Before I had my Crohn's diagnosis in 1999, I had always been a regular blood donor. In saying that, I used to cringe at the idea of actually being a recipient of someone else's blood. I know that sounds dreadful to say that, but that was me 'before', not now. It wasn't until this year, when I became so terribly unwell, and after so many drips of antibiotics and painkillers that I realised that receiving blood wouldn't be much different.

Now here is where I feel I learnt a life lesson; receiving a body part, organ or blood from a donor is actually a precious gift. There is nothing icky about it and it really is all about love. The fact that someone else is willing to give up a part of 'them' to save or help another person's life is pretty extraordinary. When you think of the parents that are grieving the loss of their child who unselfishly donate the body to help save another person, you have to take a bow to them.