Tuesday, November 23, 2010
My Interview with a Polycythemia Patient
How where you diagnosed with this disease?
By accident. Went into doctor's for routine check-up and had blood tests done. I have to return periodically to have my blood tested, which will indicate the blood level.
Do you know what caused it?
It's a rouge cell that's stimulates the bone marrow, which in turn over produces the red blood cells and platelets. I believe it was brought on by stress.
Can one pass this disease on? If so, how?
Cannot be passed on through day-to-day contact (like a cold or flu) but it is hereditary.
Can the blood they take from you be used in blood transfusions?
I don't really know.
What kind of treatment are you on?
Posted by Anita E. Viljoen