| | Is this a crazy idea? polycythemia
Hi my name is Mike and I was diagnosed with polycythemia vera about 3 years ago. I went through a year of phlebotomy treatments were 250 to 350 ml of blood was drawn. At frist 2 a month and then tapered off to 1 a month. My crit and RBC's dropped as expected and was scheduled for a maintenance program to keep it constant.
Here is my question, I lost my job and medical ins. last May so I have been going to a local clinic which is a pay provider based on income. The DR there who I know is good said according to my blood work my Crit and RBC's are high, again. RBC - 20-21 range. I expected this; however the clinic does not preform any phlebotomy procedures other than blood specimen collection for testing purposes.
So is this a crazy idea ? I do not have ins. and the procedure is expensive but rather easy to do. I was thinking of doing the procedure myself. I would of coarse have my wife with me so if I passed out she would be there. I do not think I would however as I never have before during a procedure. Is this crazy? The process seems very simple to me. I have watched it done countless times and even remember how much blood was removed. This is crazy right? But I really feel I need to control this, comments please!
Last edited by searay660; 10-05-2011 at 07:00 AM.
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