I first went to my doctor with a rash in January and found myself in a hospital oncology unit the next day for an appointment with a consultant. My platelet count was 20. No treatment was given and from that day to this I have still had no treatment and have developed a 'watch and wait' strategy with my consultant. My platelet count has been :20, 23, 53, 90, 101, 121, 78 ( heavy cold ), 99. I think that this is all good news but last week my consultant said that the platelet count hasn't gone up fast enough so we're definately looking at a diagnosis of chronic ITP. ( She has maintained since day 1 that this is a lifelong condition for me ). I had whooping cough for 5 months between July and November last year, as did my husband and since then, neither of us has felt well. I know that my platelets were normal until then because my consultant has looked back at previous blood results. I'm concerned that I have become a 'lifer' when I have read that viruses can cause bouts of acute ITP that clear naturally. My consultant believes this is only really the case in children and seems to be waiting for my platelets to drop again to confirm her suspicions. Anyone that has experienced similar and could offer me any advice, I would be very grateful. I know that my issues are not extreme at present but, of course, i'm still concerned.