I was in a rush when i walked out of my door that morning. Almost stumbling, because i didn’t even tie my shoelaces properly. I was late again and the nurses of the hospital had called me earlier to ask me if i would come anyway. “Yes” i’ve told them, while walking to my bathroom with sleepy eyes.
In the hospital everything went as i’ve expected it to happen. A nagging nurse trying to get me a 16G needle in my arm. After 4 times she finally succeed and we could start the exchange transfusion. A 16G needle isn’t neccesarely the nicest thing to dissappear into your arms, but it didn’t change my positive mood. I had a feeling that the exchange transfusions were actually working. After 3 hours i was outside again with 2 plasters on both of my arms. As i’m heading downtown, a woman who is a Jehovah Witness approaches me to invite me for the church at sunday.
We had a little conversation and after she sees the plasters on my arms, she kindly asked me the reason why i got those. I told her i got sickle cell disease and the doctors wanted me to have exchange transfusions every 4 weeks. Suddenly the whole vibe of the conversation changed and she insisted that i would stop the transfusions, because it wasn’t okay according to the bible.
You can understand that the positive bubble i’ve appeared to be in, bursted in a heartbeat. What i would like to know from y’all is; would y’all guys also refuse certain medical care like exchange transfusions or blood transfusions because of religious reasons? Or do y’all find no wrong with it? I’m very curious to the opinions and i will also post this on my social media, so we can discuss this. I would be happy to hear from you guys!