My son, 21, joined the Marines in July and just finished boot camp. When he came home on leave, he showed me his medical papers, and it stated that he has sickle cell trait. I told him that they made a mistake and must have mixed his results up with someone else. I am caucasian and so is my husband (his father), so how can that be? He called tonight and said the military personnel talked to him again about having sickle cell trait and that is probably why he has the SOB, etc, during excercise. I do know that the times he had his urine tested in the past, it always showed trace hematuria, but no one ever said why (that was before I was a nurse or I would not have accepted no answer!).
I am so confused about this. I read some articles on the internet, but it always talks about it in reference to African-Americans. And no, he is NOT the product of an affair, haha! Has anyone else had any experience with this type of thing?