My sons father has had 2 crisis within the last 6 months. Both requiring a blood transfusion but this last one was worse and required 2 transfusions. He is 32 years old and does not take any meds to help prevent the crisis because he has no insurance. How bad is his disease at this point?
Chronic transfusions are not unusual in the management of sickle cell patient's disease. There are multiple reasons with scheduled and unscheduled transfusions and different kinds of sickle cell disease processes. I can't begin to guess where your son's father is considered to be in his classification of his disease. Drs. strive for a certain percentage of normal red cells vs. sickled cells, since the sickled cells can't carry much normal hemoglobin... which contains needed oxygen and iron. Without insurance, I suspect your son's father is treated crisis to crisis.
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