Health Blog Update / Don’t Avoid the Symptoms

Morgan LaBelle

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Recently, I have been in the hospital for chemo, and was released last Thursday night. I was super sick from it so I had stayed home, intending to go back Monday to school. Well obviously that didn’t happen, I woke up with a swollen throat and aching rib and back pains. Went to the doctor, had a strep test done and a CBC (Complete Blood Count) to check my counts. They were decent, but not well enough to go to school because of the sicknesses going around. This morning (Tuesday 12/4) I woke up and could barely breathe because my rib pain was so bad, which is a concern for a blood clot in my lung from chemotherapy drugs. We arrived to the E.D. at UnityPoint Health and they immediately drew my labs and a D-Dimer panel (checks blood levels for clotting). My platelets, WBC (white blood cell count), and ANC (Absolute Neutrophil Count) are all very low and I will have to go to Iowa City this week for some transfusions, thanks to all who donate blood! My D-Dimer panel came back positive and elevated (many false positives happen with this test), so that was the major concern for a pulmonary embolism (blood clot in lungs). They immediately sent me for a CT scan that came back clear with NO blood clot, but a fracture in my thoracic vertebrae. I am now in a complete chest and body brace and I have to wear it for 12+ weeks. I had been having some back pain, but avoided it at all costs because relapse is always on our minds when I start to feel bad again. Never avoid symptoms when you think something is wrong because YOU know your body best.

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2 Responses to “Health Blog Update / Don’t Avoid the Symptoms”

  1. Jeff Olds on December 7th, 2018 11:11 am

    This could of been easily shortened and still of got to the point, if not better than the original.

  2. Morgan LaBelle on December 10th, 2018 12:23 pm

    I am one to write a lot and explain thoroughly. Most people wouldn’t know what I would be talking about if I didn’t explain. I don’t see you in Journalism, so maybe keep your writing tips to yourself next time. Your comment was unnecessary, have a great day!

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Health Blog Update / Don’t Avoid the Symptoms