Thursday, August 13, 2009

Platelets falling

This blog was begun long after I had passed though the rocky shores of critically low platelets from the auto-immune destruction by my wayward immune system known by the acronym ITP. It was not a pleasant journey, much worse and far more dangerous than the CLL itself.

When I checked my blood today in preparation for my CT scan I was dismayed to see my platelets had fallen from over 350,000 on July 27 to a low normal 142,000 Aug 12. While that is still a very safe level, it is the sudden fall that makes me bite my nails.

This is even more of a concern because I had IViG on July 16, known to raise platelets for those with ITP.

It could be a lab error, but if it is the beginning of a trend, my party is over and it is time to move with alacrity.

I am trying to stay calm until I get the recheck.

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3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Crap...I do hope it's a lab error.
Barbara

August 13, 2009 at 1:36 PM  
Blogger Lezlei Ann Young said...

Doc...this has been one WILD adventure!!! I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

Lezlei

August 13, 2009 at 3:34 PM  
Blogger pat said...

Most of us, at some point on this journey, have been told to look at trends, not a single lab report - easier said than done. Hopefully your latest platelet count involves lab error or you are settling into a new normal. I'm so sorry that you have to deal with yet another scare, but I'm betting that you will come out on top on this one, and I'm not a betting person.

Pat

August 13, 2009 at 5:38 PM  

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