I get iron infusions periodically and it's nothing to sweat. This is the way they do it at my center: you're first given a small bag of iron to see if you have an allergic reaction. (this lasts about 15-20 minutes). then they run saline to flush the line and you get an analgesic and an antihistime. After that is over, they wait about 15 minutes then hook you up to the big bag and that's it. The nurse/tech comes in every half hour to take your temp and bp. if you're doing ok, they may increase the drip, or if you're having issues they will slow it down.
The first time I did this it took almost 8 hours - my bp wouldn't play nice. But now that I'm doing better, it takes about 5 hours from the time I check in until I'm out the door.
Everyone at work says I look much better the day after this has been done and I know I feel a lot better.
Besides bringing a book and maybe some music to listen to, I would recommend bringing a few lemon drops or lifesavers to suck on. The iron tends to give me a metallic taste in my mouth
Good luck, Jade
I had a series of 8 iron infusions last Winter. One a week for 8 weeks. It's totally not a big deal. I didn't have any ill effects at all. Most of the time they took anywhere between 2-4 hours. Mostly because the infusion center I went to was pretty busy and the nurse had to start a line before she could even order my iron, so it took a while to get things up and running. I had been having lots of fatigue and blood loss. I really didn't feel an increase in my energy or even feel less tired until after the 5th or 6th infusion. Then I felt like a new woman!
Good luck to you