Today I thought I’d discuss Platelets..On my last blood work, my platelets dropped like a lead balloon . ( This is actually where Led Zeppelin got the idea for naming their group. The members of the band thought they were so terrible that they would sink like a lead balloon at their first concert) Anyhow, platelets are small blood components that help the clotting process by sticking to the lining of blood vessels. With a low count, you risk excessive bleeding and bruising. A simple cut could bleed endlessly. The techie name for this is thrombocytopenia.
A healthy person usually has a platelet count of 150,000 to 400,000. You have thrombocytopenia if your number falls under 150,000. My count was 29,000. This was of concern to my oncologist who wanted me to skip my chemo this week, but very worrisom to DR. Schmoopy who insisted I use plastic utensils in case I had an urge to cut off a finger or two…
After a couple of days, my platelets are back to normal at 171,000 and so I’m back at the Chemo Cafe. The point of todays lesson, besides allowing me to vent, is to stress the importance of donating platelets. Every 30 seconds someone in the U.S. needs platelets. And because platelets must be used within five days, new donors are needed every day. If you are interested in donating, which is not complicated at all, you can contact: redcrossblood.org
And so, I’m back to using regular utensils to eat. Truth be told, you haven’t lived until you’ve eaten spaghetti with a spork!!!!