ITP EXPERIENCED FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE POND By Patricia Conry
When I was living in the USA during July 2010, I found that I was losing weight and losing hair. I decided to visit my local practitioner in hopes that a medical examination and blood test would provide me with some answers. The complete blood count showed that my platelets were only 61 K/mcL. Previous blood counts in the last few years showed my platelets ranged between 267– 332 K/mcL
Why the sudden drop. How did this happen.? I don’t know. Does anybody know? I don’t think so.
I was referred to a specialist in oncology and hematology. I asked for a reason why this happened. He guessed it must have been a virus. When I asked him to explain the ITP disease, he printed up the disease from a web site for me to read. I made three guesses of my own ideas as follows. I had recently suffered a terrible shock regarding a sudden unexpected death of my husband. I worked with radium to a small extent when working with patients at Guys Hospital in the 1960’s I was suffering extreme anxiety and stress at that particular time. Looking back I realize that it was also a learning experience for my practitioner because only rare cases came on his doorstep.