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On the internet I am known as Slip. I am a 22 year old nerdface who practically lives and breathes laboratory medicine.

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Lab Tests

I’m going to make this week hemolytic disease of the fetus and newborn week here because there’s been lots of baby talk in my home. Lots of babies and blood bank testing to come (you are safe from poop stories once again).

Starting off with a story though that I will come back to over the course of the week: there’s a hospital here that handles most of the complicated pregnancies for the city. One O negative lady in particular wanted a baby really badly, but for reasons I don’t recall, she had been immunized to D (colloquially, “Rh”). She also has been trying for several pregnancies but miscarried on each one because her anti-D titre was through the roof and her body was determined to fight these O positive babies. She needed to come in for an intrauterine transfusion for her baby every three months, and IUTs are just a mess in and of themselves to do, but she had successfully made it to her sixth month this time.

One of my friends was coming into his shift right after her IUT, quite happy that he wasn’t the one who had to do it but also really glad that she was doing so well in her fourth pregnancy (names of blood bank regulars are some of the fastest names you’ll learn).

But then the hospital announces a code Pink (dedicated code for emergencies in the maternity ward) later, and the woman ended up losing the baby once again. 

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