Go Straight to the ER: D Day

Lisa had been having some deep bruises. That started about six weeks ago. But, she’s in her mid-fifties, we figured maybe her body was changing. Then two weeks ago she just started to bruise, and bruise, and bruise. Everyone morning we’d see more. We both knew something was up, but figured she needed vitamins or was anemic. She couldn’t get a GP appointment until the Monday. It was a Wednesday. A friend watched a bruise appear on her arm, where she hadn’t hit anything. We decided to ask her nephew, a doctor in Cincinnati to call in blood work to be ahead of the game on Monday. We were supposed to get results in 3-5 days, but they called her nephew the next morning with an urgent page, and he called us saying we need to get to the nearest ER asap…

She had an emergency bone marrow biopsy without anesthesia – there was no time.

She had 10,000 platelets, 1.6 white blood count, and 7 hemoglobin.

A normal platelet count is between 150,000 and 450,000.

A normal white blood count is 4.5-10/

A normal hemoglobin count is 12-16.

Nothing was even close to normal right now.


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