Tuesday, November 12, 2013

1,000 Platelets

Can a person walk around with just 1,000 platelets? Yes, it is possible. 

Since my body has rejected the last platelet transfusion I received on Friday, November 8, I have been functioning with just 1,000 platelets. Of course, I have to be very careful with everything I do; I'm not even allowed to drive. Apparently, my platelet match has to come all the way from California and won't arrive until Saturday, November 16.  For now, 1,000 platelets is all I have.

My situation makes me feel nervous, but deep within there's an assuring feeling that I'll be okay. I am thankful for my blood and platelet donors. I am also grateful to my future bone marrow donor.

To those who are able, please take the time to donate blood or platelets. You might never receive a personal "thank you" from the person getting them, but I assure you that the blood/platelet recipient knows how much you go through to donate blood - most especially platelets.  As a recipient of numerous transfusions now, my sincerest thank you to all blood and marrow donors. Without you, I won't be here.


Writing with a grateful heart and blogging from the Infusion Room, Johns Hopkins.

It's a cold, cold day in Baltimore.


  1. how many platelets does an average person need to function normally?

    continuously praying for you and sending you good vibes. hugs

    1. Photo Cache, Normal is 140 - 170,000. Thank you for the prayers.

  2. Dear Kayni, I hope you find a donor soon. Your faith and fortitude are an inspiration.


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