The other day I found my old medical alert necklace, it wasn’t even readable anymore. Not to mention the phone numbers and info was not up to date any more.
So that sent me on a chase to find a replacement. I was looking for a charm or something in that direction, so I could make my own bracelet.
I have a Autoimmune Disease called Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura or short ITP. ITP is a disorder that can lead to easy or excessive bruising and bleeding. The bleeding results from unusually low levels of platelets — the cells that help your blood clot.
I always bruised easy as a kid and teenager, nobody thought anything about it, they just thought I was clumsy. The first time I heard that my bruising wasn’t “normal” was after my first miscarriage, after a battery of tests. What caused the ITP could not be figured out , hence the idiopathic (,
ITP comes with mood swings, muscle aches, being depressed and tired, and for me with very heavy and long periods.
Things people don’t see from the outside, symptoms I battle every day. I just found out the other day that Purple is the color for Platelet Disorder and September the awareness month. I guess Purple was always my favorite color for a reason.
I had one pregnancy that was pretty normal, besides regular blood checkups and at that point iron deficiency. It took me a long time to recover from this though. That is something I had to learn the hard way, because of the clotting issue it takes my body way longer to heal. Very hard for me to give my body the time to heal and not rush into things, because I think they need to get done. Often I felt like others see me as to lazy.
I suffered another miscarriage and had a very complicated pregnancy after that. I had to get quite a few prednisone shots and visited the “vampire”( get my blood work done)every other week. My youngest had to enter the world before her time, because of too many risks me loosing my life.
Long recovery after this one as well as you can imagine. After that I had it pretty good under control. until two years ago when I came down with the Helicobacter pylory. Now it is back to 3 monthly blood check ups. I had a few months of iron intake and some other surgical stuff done, my platelets are not back to normal but at least stable.It took quite some research to find out what food helps with blood clotting and which ones are risky, having to pay attention to even essential oils or spices is sometimes very draining. But to be on the safe side I thought I should get my medical alert bracelet up to date again and wear it. A lot of people don’t know that ITP exists, so just to be on the safe side.
Looking for medical items on Zibbet:
on Etsy I found quite a few options for bracelets:
Off to order my custom charm, with all the important information on it
I wish you a wonderful day!