Here's a Thursday Show topic: Bad Medical Experiences, their descriptions and resolutions.
When I was a senior in high school, I contracted ITP
, a blood disorder that dangerously lowers a person's platelet count. Platelets help coagulate blood, so when a person has a lower count than normal, they can have anemia-like symptoms. When I had it the first time back then, I noticed blood blisters in my mouth and on my body at the start of the schoolweek. By the end of the week, I was actually able to cry blood and spit blood. It was a pretty cool effect, but obviously something was wrong.
We went to our family doc. He immediately sent me to the hospital. There, they decided they'd better test to make sure I didn't have leukemia. So they took a bone marrow sample. They gave me the choice of taking it from my spine (they'd have to put the needle in my spine) or my leg (they'd have to put the needle in my hip). I chose the leg. They anesthetized my hip, and then wheeled in the needle
. I'm not kidding - it was the size of a railroad spike. Now, since it was going in through bone, they actually had to hammer it in
They took John Henry to the graveyardWHAM!
Laid him down in the sandWHAM!
Every locomotive comin' a-rollin' byWHAM!
Hollered there lies a steel drivin' man, Lawd, Lawd.
There lies a steel drivin' man.
It was so weird feeling the needle being pounded in. I was numbed of course, but I could feel the blows make contact. They told me that I wouldn't be able to feel anything else, but I swear I felt like I felt marrow being sucked out. Later, my leg felt really weird, like there was empty space in it or something.
Anyway, does anyone else have a good medical story?