What is IVIG?

Written on May 15

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Good morning! Jeff is in a comfortable recliner and meds are flowing through his veins for the next 4 hours. The nurse used a cool machine to locate Jeff’s veins that were hiding. Yay for technology!

Alright, so what’s going on with IVIG – Intravenous Immunoglobulin Therapy? For starters, the nurse said “I can not drop this bottle of IVIG…it costs more than a car!” 💰 🚗😳

IVIG therapy can help people with weakened immune systems or other diseases fight off infections.

Your body’s immune system normally makes enough antibodies to fight germs that cause infections. But if you have an immune deficiency, your body can’t make enough of them. This puts you at greater risk for infections that could make you very sick. IVIG gives you antibodies that your body is not making on its own so you can fight infections. For people with treatable neurological diseases, the treatment may block their immune system’s destruction of muscle cells.

Immunoglobulin is part of your blood’s plasma. It has antibodies in it to fight germs or disease. When people donate blood, this part can be separated out. Then it can be given to you through a vein in your arm, or IV. If you get IVIG, it can help strengthen your immune system so you can fight infections and stay healthy.

So now we start to see the reason donating plasma is so important…let’s not leave it just for college students looking for a quick pay check for beer money or dinner out! Me included…I’ve never donated plasma. That’s about to change…NOW. Will you join me?

Liquid immunoglobulin is taken from the blood plasma of donors who are screened to make sure they are healthy. The plasma is tested for serious infections like hepatitis and AIDS. The plasma is purified before it’s used for IVIG therapy.

During the therapy, prepared immunoglobulin is infused into your veins via IV – the medicine flows from a bag through a tube into your arm and takes about 4 hours.

Praying BIG prayers that this immunoglobulin will reverse Jeff’s symptoms and allow his muscles to recover. If this treatment works, we should start to see improvement in a week to 3 months.

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