A few months ago, I was promoted to being the EHS (Environmental, Health and Safety) manager at my general-industry factory. Other than just having personal interest and volunteering for all of the teams, auditors, etc, this is my first job in this field. I find that I'm having difficulty with a fairly important part of the job: dealing with blood and injuries. How can I tame my instinct to be squeamish and shudder/look away? [more inside]
I was joking with a friend about how we should postpone our blood pact because he has a cold, and we realized neither of us really knows if that even makes medical sense. Could you realistically pass on a cold via an ill-timed super-swearsies? Are there any surprising or lesser known "totally can!" or "totally can't!" illnesses in that category? Interesting underlying blood mechanisms?
A nurse took my blood pressure yesterday with a blood pressure cuff, and today I noticed that there are a few faint lines down my upper arm that are made up of tiny bits of blood under my skin -- petechiae, I guess? Is this something to be worried about? I've had my blood pressure taken a million times and this has never ever happened. Should I call the doctor?
For the past ~7 years, I have bled/spotted maybe 75% of the time I have sex. As a single person who has sex with new partners occasionally, this sucks. My OBGYN assures me it's not indicative of any sort of problem other than fragile cervical tissue, but short of putting a towel down every time (ugh), is there anything I can do to make this stop? [more inside]
Asking for a friend who will see their primary and a specialist - what are some possible explanations for these symptoms? Friend would like to have some questions to ask their primary. [more inside]
People of MeFi, I need some advice. Recently – the last week or so I've really noticed and started tracking it, but probably longer than that overall – I've noticed that my blood pressure and bpm have been acting a bit crazy. [more inside]
IKYNMD - was at ER on Friday to the Er due to severe upper right quadrant pain under rib - had ultrasound and they found that the cyst that measured 2 cm about a year ago is now 45mm. Then they took venous gas blood test, can someone please tell me what this means - I am between doctors and the ER sent me home with a letter to go to my regular doctor who is on vacation this week. [more inside]
I'm confined to the house for a week because of an illness (not bp-related) so can't go to the friendly local bp machine at the pharmacy. I have a home blood pressure monitor, and suddenly it won't work. It starts to inflate and then just goes off. It's pretty new. Any clue on why this machine just stopped working? [more inside]
Any idea how I can get a couple of non-infectious blood samples drawn in the NJ/NY area and shipped to a lab in Israel?
YANMD. One of those workplace blood screen things came back with a high platelet count, which apparently has many terrifying possible causes. I am going to my GP to ask about it on Monday, but given my many negative experiences with doctors ever believing anything, I'd like to know what I should expect from her. If you've had this, it would be super helpful to know what response you got. [more inside]
i live in China and I am AB negative, a bloodtype that is rare here. A while back I required hospitalization and the staff implored me to come back and donate blood once I recovered. My understanding is that it's actually my plasma that is desirable. Is this true? And how much should I, a 6"2 male, agree to give? Is there anything else to watch out for?
So took the cat to the vet because she had bloody stools for 2 days. We did fecal test is negative. Now she drew some blood and we are waiting for those results. We might do an ultrasoubd she said to test for colitis and other rumors. We had that happen before and can't tell you what it was. Just went away after treatment with metronidazole. They has giardiasis and coccidia on the past but that's 9 months ago. Got treated She is 1 year old ragdoll cat Any experience with this ? Any advice?
After a miscarriage at 12 weeks, it seems that I might be Rh negative or 'lightly positive'. This comes as a surprise since I was told during my first pregnancy that I was Rh positive. My gynecologist and GP keep telling me it's not a big deal, but should I be worried? What else should I know about borderline Rh factor? [more inside]
Yes, IKYNMD - waiting to see nephrologist, in the meantime, for the last 2 years my creatinine levels have been steadily rising - while other than anemia, low vitamin D, somewhat low RBC, WBC, elevated MCV, MCH, everything is ok. Phosphorus levels are within normal range. [more inside]
Results from my annual show most things A-OK but one red flag -- a fasting blood sugar level of 108 mg/dl, which I read places me in pre-diabetes territory. This hit me like a sledgehammer because I simply cannot figure out how or why I would have this number considering my generally healthy, low-carb diet and decent weight. Some answers would be most welcome. Read on please. [more inside]
I want to be Vampire Luis Suarez for Halloween. I have the soccer kit, I have the fangs, I have the soccer ball. I just need some good fake blood to put around my mouth - blood that won't stain a polyester soccer shirt. [more inside]
How to get through an extended period of frequent blood draws? [more inside]
I am curious as to whether blood banks share blood across national boundaries. For example, do Canadian/Mexican blood banks have access to blood products in American blood banks, and vice versa? [more inside]
I want to get a mosquito net for my bedroom. My motives are functional rather than aesthetic. Some nets are treated with chrysanthemum pesticides, others are just nets. For those who've been to places where the nets are essential, is the pesticide treatment necessary or a just a marketing power-up? I'd rather not sleep bathed in bug killing gases if the nets are as effective sans poison.
My blood type is "A. RH Positive" . I need to fill out a form that has the options A+, O+, B+, AB+, A-, O-, B-, AB- . Which one do I select. I looked on Wikipedia, but wow, blood is a complex subject. Appreciate your help.
I am going into more detail than might be necessary to head off questions... Last night I stayed in a nice upper-quality chain hotel that no business person or middle class leisure traveler would ever think twice about booking (think luxury lobby, lots of services, in a downtown urban area, not a highway discount chain.) I dropped into bed exhausted and didn't check the sheets first. When I woke up, I discovered large amounts of dried but still fairly recent looking blood in the sheets. (Definitely not old stained/washed, rather flaking, newish rust color, etc.) [more inside]
Sometimes I have a dramatic vasovagal response (i.e. I pass out) after having blood drawn or donating blood. Sometimes I don't. This means that I donate blood less than I'd like to. Can I condition myself out of this? [more inside]
I read this poem years ago, and I'm pretty sure it's by Rimbaud, but I can't find it on Google. I think it starts out by describing a beautiful summer landscape, perhaps some wheat fields in France, and then it turns darker and describes dead young WW1 soldiers who lie there bleeding. Which poem is this?
As a horror fan, I've never understood the appeal of the Saw movies. Can someone explain the psychology involved with liking that series and similar types of movies? [more inside]
While working out tonight, I walked/ran for 15 minutes on the treadmill and started to warm up with light weights (one set of overhead barbell press). I then noticed that my left arm was engorged with blood - like a “pump” as if I had been working out intensely for a while, but my right was not. The medical advice line thought it wasn't cardiac, but I'd like to figure out what the cause might be. [more inside]
How can I maximize my bodily donations? [more inside]
You Are Not My Genetic Counselor, But Neither Are Any of these Self-Styled Uncertified Genetic Counselors on the Internet. The latest fad/quackwatch for desperate parents and patients dealing with autism spectrum disorders or chronic illness seems to be running raw data from consumer genetics testing through an app (or paying hundreds of dollars more for a "nutrigenomics" panel) to check for polymorphisms. Consumers get back lists (helpfully color-coded like traffic lights) of normal, heterozygous, and homozygous gene pairs, but how common are these variations to begin with (setting aside how often they are actually expressed as illness)? [more inside]
When I read this story recently about two sisters who received lung transplants from the same donor, I was a bit taken aback. Can someone who is a Jehovah's Witness please explain why accepting a blood transfusion is not okay for a JH, but having someone else's entire organ inserted into and attached to one's own body is? It just seems counterintuitive, since someone else's blood would eventually be purged by the body's own regenerative/filtering systems, but an organ, once attached, is...well, permanent. Please advise, if you know. I genuinely want to understand. Thanks.
How do I normalize similar values from multiple medical tests with different reference ranges? [more inside]
How long / how well would a person survive if they were being regularly drained of blood but receiving blood transfusions of the same volume? What health complications might arise? [more inside]
Say someone broke into your house and dripped some blood on the carpet. What does the forensics guy do with it? How long would the tests take? And what information could be gleaned from it? [more inside]
I regularly give blood in the UK and am currently taking part in an interval study, which involves studying the donors' blood. Yesterday, I received a letter from the organisers of the study that includes the rather alarming sentence, "We have noticed that part of your blood count is outside the range we would have expected." The letter then says, "There are no urgent issues regarding your health. However, we would like to take a second sample and recheck your blood count." Should I be worried? [more inside]
I have to have a blood test. I have a pretty severe vasovagal response, combined with abnormally tiny, difficult veins (or so I've been told by everyone who has ever taken blood from me). Help me make this easier? [more inside]
How common is light bleeding a few days after your period ends? Should I be concerned? TMI below the fold. [more inside]
How accurate are TV shows and movies in their portrayal of cutting throats and lopping off limbs? [warning; Game of Thrones spoilers] [more inside]
Hi, Need to diagnose pernicious anemia. From what I am learning even though common contemporary blood tests run in most clinics may in fact show *normal* B12 levels - in fact this test is NOT accurate in diagnosing PA. [more inside]
YANMD. My husband gets very nervous at the doctor, and as a result, even for a routine check up, has very high blood pressure every time the doctor takes it. [more inside]
What can I do in the short term to feel better while losing weight when everything seems to make me gassy, swollen and uncomfortable? My doctor's answer to everything seems to be "Lose weight!". That's not going to help these problems in the moment. TMI descriptions follow... [more inside]
What should I do in the immediate short term before my appointment to talk about blood sugar issues with my psychiatrist? [more inside]
Just talking too much about bleeding, shots, or giving blood can make me woozy. This sucks. What can I do to get a stronger stomach about such things? My only thought is desensitization through completely horrific google image searches, but I'd rather there be some other ideas.
I have very low RBC and WBC yet my hemogloblin is normal. Can I still be anemic? [more inside]
How to get blood out of a sweater (silk/cotton/cashmere blend)? [more inside]
I have been having a "war" with some competitors. They meet in the same restaurant where I've called a meeting next week. My meeting is couched as an "open meeting" (meaning anyone who is interested can come). It's a roundtable meeting of like minded people and meant to be informal, and it's not through any employer. I've put the invitation up publicly onto a blog. The problem is, if the three people who I've warred with were to show up, the meeting could quickly become their meeting. I want to take hold of the reins of my own meeting. [more inside]
YANMFD... I have a friend who, on Thursday, experienced sharp pains in his left side--he described the location as, "About an inch inside, directly aligned with my underarm". He felt it about 15 times over the course of the day and said it was "sharp and sudden" and caused him to wince and bend over. The next day, he woke up and there was blood in his right eye--not bloodshot, but blood, like a pool. It went away over the course of the day. He insists these things are not related and won't go to the doctor. As a result, I'm worried. Could these things be connected and what could they be? He's 44. [more inside]
What are your tried-and-true tips for having blood drawn from historically difficult veins? [more inside]
Tingling fingers and toes in the morning, cold limbs, tiredness after a hot bath and shower. I have a bunch of symptoms that don't seem too unusual, but I still wonder if there is something wrong with me? [more inside]
Due to my condition and the medications I take, I have very regular full blood workups. I asked the phlebotomist yesterday how the samples are disposed of after testing is complete. She said they might be held for as long as two years, but wasn't certain. Which surprised me. I'm curious, what happens to all my blood samples? I'm in Australia as I'm sure there's liable to be country-specific variations.
My colorectal surgeon has only done a proctoscopy and says the blood in my stool is coming from my hemorrhoids. He wants to treat with sclerotherapy, but I don't want that kind of intervention and still have a weird feeling in my descending colon. What's the medical best practice in a case like this? [more inside]
Looking for a discrete cushion I can use to protect blood flow through my perineum to... to the bits connected to the perineum. Or some other solution [more inside]
Is there sufficient likelihood of STD exposure in this oddball circumstance to merit arrangements for testing and medication? [more inside]