My 16 yo son was dx with sickle cell trait with his new born screening. I just knew it had to be a mistake since we were the first born at a new labor/delivery hospital. Long story short-- sure enough it was confirmed. We knew either his dad or myself gave it to him, but neither one of us got tested. Fast forward 11 years-- I got preg and could NOT get my hemoglobin up and was on verge of getting blood/iron transfusions. Referred to hematologist, informed her of my son and she immediately said 'I bet you are the carrier and can't believe no one has ever tested you!' Well- mystery was solved and durning my whole preg--I did the iron infusion. My pediatrician said that the chances of my newborn would be slim -- guess what -- she has the trait too . This led me to more curiosity and my mom decided to get tested and she has it too. She is 72 and I can't believe no one had ever caught this with her blood work, but I'm assuming it's a specific test. This does explain maybe some of my mom's kidney problems, swelling legs (which I've inherited) and the pain when someone just touches or climbs (my four year old) on my legs/- it hurts so bad and I bruise so easy. I'm glad to know there is much more awareness regarding the trait because when my son was born, doc said it was no big deal -'was like some have trait for brown eyes vs blue eyes). Boy was he wrong. Thank you for this board.
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