Posted by Lynn
on October 14, 2000 at 18:32:25:
In Reply to: Re: thalasemia minor (inherited anemia) posted by Fonda on August 26, 2000 at 23:13:34:
I am dating a thal.minor young man in his 20's, but I myself do not have this disease. I am wanting to understand the effects of this disease on individuals and their everyday life.
Josh's mom passed this disease on to all three of her children. But has failed to fully educate them about their condition. His family is far from having any Mediterrean heritages. I've read that conception of children between a thal.minor and a thal.major can cause serious birth defects and/or death of a child at the early age of four.
Josh drives for a medical clinic for over 13 hrs. a day. He brings patients to and from the clinic for their appointments. He is constantly tired, bruises very easily, jaundiced and continues to sweat with little or no activity. He understands that his diet must change in order for him to function at a higher level. Please reassure me that these symptoms occur with thal.minor and offer me suggestions as to how to educate him, as well as myself, in order to enhance his quality of life because we plan to spend the rest of our lives together.