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New to forum 3 years 8 months ago #69221

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Hello I am new to this forum.
I am a 50yr old frontline emergency services worker in Canada who has been dealing with ITP for the past 9yrs. My numbers have been consistently between 70 and 84. They think it was the mono virus that was the trigger although that’s an assumption as they never really tested me for other things other than having a bone marrow aspiration. I experience bruising with minimal contact with things and extreme fatigue although much of that is likely through the fact that I am a shift worker working 12 shifts.
I was encouraged by my hematologist 9yrs ago advised that I could continue in my profession as long as I didn’t get into anything to ‘physical‘. At the time I was relieved and anxious to return to work, but in doing so I have found it stressful trying to manage my health on the job. With the pandemic here I find it even more stressful as there seems to be so much information that we still don’t know with the virus and my increased risk with trying to manage this. I am currently assigned an admin role until my doc and hematologist can update me with a possible safe return.
Are there any other emergency service workers out there with any advice? I don’t really know how concerned I should or should not be in my profession while trying to manage ITP.

Thanks,
Bryan

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New to forum 3 years 8 months ago #69223

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Hello and welcome, Bryan Thank you for your service! I cringe every time I see the cases rise in Ontario. I have family who work in different cities who are front line workers. I can't imagine the stress you are feeling right now. I don't have any advice for you, but I know there is nurse on here from Ontario. Hopefully, she'll chime in.

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New to forum 3 years 8 months ago #69224

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Thank you for the welcome Cindy.

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New to forum 3 years 8 months ago #69226

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BDP did you read the info on the virus - if you go to the top of the page, click on COVID-19 & ITP; Resources and News in the light pink box.

Are you treating now or is the 50-80k what your body does without help? My daughter-in-law is an RN, son a former EMT - not easy jobs you all have/had.

Take care and get some rest :)
"Instead of wasting your time worrying about symptoms, just get it checked out" -Nieca Goldberg, MD

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New to forum 3 years 8 months ago #69283

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I have always been around that level with no meds. Thanks Mel.

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