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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • March 29, 2006
  • 03:39 PM

Hi. My mother had autoimmune hemolytic anemia for years. I am a registered nurse and took care of her. She died 2 years ago. I can't seem to find any information regarding a genetic or familial link to the disease. Naturally, I am concerned that I or my brothers may develop the disease. Any suggestions out there? Secondly, my mother created antibodies in response to cold. Her disease was so bad that the blood, when drawn into a tube to test her hemoglobin level, had to be plunged into warm water or the red cells would be destroyed before the sample made it into the testing machine. Since this meant that my mother's condition significantly worsened in the winter, I tried to "trick" her body into thinking it was still warm outside by keeping her indoors and sitting her each day under a full spectrum sunlight lamp. Has anyone else done this or heard of this? While it was my idea, her doctor felt it was worth trying and she improved but this could merely have been due to her procrit injections. I had noticed that her condition worsened in the autumn--even if it was still warm out--as if her body knew that winter was approaching! Thanks for any advice.

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