I want to give an advice, if you don't mind. I advise everyone, including myself is to NEVER get a blood transfusion. It is not safe, because, you don't know what that person has in their blood. Doctors lies, because giving blood products is an easy way out for them. However, there are substitute for blood. I got a blood transfusion years ago. My body was never the same. I started craving things I never like, etc... I read in the bible God says stay free from blood. God created us and he knows what's best for us. So, the next time they told me that I needed blood and that I will die. I told them no, I will take my chances, because blood do not save you. If you use the right products to build up the blood. Your blood will build itself up, just give it time, I'm living proof of it. If you die, it will happen regardless of you take the blood or not. So after my surgery, the doctors looked at me with amazement. They had a puzzled look on their face because I lost a lot of blood and still survived without a blood transfusion. Even though, I had that transfusion many years ago, I still suffer taking some One else's unpurified nasty blood. Just thought I share that with you guys.....I'm sitting in the doctor Office right now taking a test to see if i have bacteria overgrowth in my gut, so far they said its positive. I am relieved to know that they found something so that they can help me. I got so tired of them coming up with nothing as if I'm imagining everything. I will keep you guys posted of my outcome.