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.
BLOOD AND MARROW DONORS ROCK!!!
Writing with a grateful heart and blogging from the Infusion Room, Johns Hopkins.
It's a cold, cold day in Baltimore.