I’m headed back to the outpatient clinic for the day to get an IVIG—Intravenous Immunoglobulin.

IVIG contains the pooled, polyvalent, IgG (immunoglobulin G) extracted from the plasma of over one thousand blood donors. (Some sources say as many as 10,000 to 100,000 donors are needed for a complete infusion.) IVIG is given as a plasma protein replacement therapy for immune deficient patients who have decreased or abolished antibody production capabilities.

I don’t like having the words “deficient” or “decreased capabilities” used about me, but three bouts of pneumonia in seven months is nothing to cough at. I’m thankful for a little help from my friends—all 10,000 to 100,000 of them!

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