Some of you may remember me posting a couple of weeks ago about me having a low platelet count. Well I had repeat bloods and it is still low - gone up a bit from 104,000 to 114,000. So when I rang I was told I need to see the Doctor. The 1st appointment they could give me was 9th september!!!!! Then she said 29th August.
So I played hell with them and told them I could be dead by then! She wouldnt budge - I have to ring on monday for an appointment on tuesday!!!
As I am in work on monday my hubby will ring up for me!
So after all that waiting (2 weeks) - I am still none the wiser!
Jul 25, '03
She needs something more specific to Hemo for that.
But I will also tell you that many hemos do not do much unless you are 50,000 or below, or symptomatic. I have seen a number of people that run that low (100, 000 - 125,000)routinely. Unless you are having major surgery soon or very symptomatic or you have other hemo abnormalities (low RBCs/WBCs), there are limits as to what they do initially ( checking the microscopics or bone marrow) unless other abnormals are present
Yes, it needs to be checked up on but there are generally not a lot of hemo/oncos out there and they can be booked up and pricey to boot, and they taking emergencies first. And while that count sounds scary, their major worries are going to be with the 10-50,000, or the highly symptomatic, or those with other altered counts. Are WBC's or RBC's low or abnormal on smear? Are you having rectal bleeding, Hematuria, abnormal bruising, nose bleeds, gastric ulcers, bleeding gums, sudden onset abnormal headaches? Playing up those may help. Many of my onco/hem pts do not get transfused unless PLTs<10,000/or symptomatic.
Yes, it is scary but try to look at the overall picture.
Also, be aware some herbals, and some diet pills have been linked to lower plt counts.
PM me if you wish.
Last edit by caroladybelle on Jul 25, '03