Notes From the Chemo Cafe

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:

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!!!!


12 Replies to “Notes From the Chemo Cafe”

  1. I am now giving myself two shots after chemo to keep my blood good for chemo. I’ve been getting chemo infusions for over two years and so far have only had to miss one or two treatments due to low blood counts. I enjoy your blog and never miss reading it when you make a new entry.

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  2. Wow! So happy your platelets are “dancing” again. You are “Amazingly An incredible woman The writes with information and adding your humor and wit. I gave my Dad platelets which was very easy to do and if ever needed would do for you if we were a match. 🙏🏻💞

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  3. I was rejected. REJECTED! You inspired me to call to make an appointment, and, sob, they turned me down. They didn’t even want to see how cute and vibrant and strong my platelets are. Unless your camcer is basil cell skin cancer or cervical cancer in situ, you are a pariah, unwanted, and undesirable, guess we must inspire others as you inspired us. Thank you.

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