21 years old...Systemic Lupus , lupus nephritis , raynoids , Carpal Tunnel
The Old Normal is no more so I and we have to find a New Normal...
Really sorry you're going through this, Ginny - I don't know much at all about the platelet issue. I do know that Versed is a very nice drug - at least for the heart cath I had (and my anxiety was through the roof). It didn't put me out, but I felt no pain and was calm as could be. My husband reported the same after his colonoscopy. I remember looking at the screens in the procedure room with my heart/arteries etc., and just thinking "Huh, well, look at that". Normally I have to switch off hospital TV shows if it gets too intense.
Try to steer clear of worst case scenario thoughts. They are just not productive in any way. Remember..."Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles~it empties today of its strength." That said - I know how hard it is. I'm keeping you in my prayers - hang in there!
Post Edited (crazykitty) : 7/20/2009 10:56:49 AM (GMT-6)
I'm sorry that you're going through this. FYI, my sister had low platelets for months. She eventually did have a bone marrow biopsy done. She said it wasn't pleasant, but very necessary. Her biopsy was normal, so thankfully she didn't have cancer. There is no explanation for her low platelets (she doesn't test positive for lupus either), but she's on a medication to keep her platelets up and is being followed by a hematologist. I'm certainly hoping that for her sake it is lupus, and not some predromal stage to a blood cancer like leukemia.
My mother had MCTD, and often had unexplained drops in her platelets. I don't think it's uncommon. And even though a bone marrow biopsy is a horrible test, I would encourage you to get it done and over with just to make sure it isn't something more sinister like cancer. Perhaps, as others have suggested, you can request a sedative.
Again, I'm sorry that you're having to go through this and I pray that the test is quick and painless for you.