Further to the doctors appointment I had the other day, I had an out of the blue phone call from the local hospital this afternoon.
After being passed through a few members of staff, I finally found out what the reason was for the call. Seven years ago, I was admitted for possible polythycemia, which turned out not to be the case. The locum haematologist is now a full time worker at the hospital and he wants to see me in ten days time. Interesting.
Could I have polythycemia this time? Not sure to be honest. He’ll ask me a few further questions and ascertain the background a little more to see whether I have this blood disorder, and what type. It’s also illuminating that a routine appointment about dizzy spells has resulted in a quick turnaround to investigate something which may be causing these infrequent dizzy spells. Ten days time will tell me the answer and whether I need to have any further tests done.
What further tests? Taking a sample of liquid bone marrow to look at the proliferation of red blood cells could be one avenue of investigation. What polythycemia does is thicken the blood, making risks of heart attacks, strokes and blood clots much greater. Then there may be a course of action to help thin the blood. Pure speculation at the moment, but it could happen.
A slight concern, but nothing to get panicky over….yet.