How Can You Tell What Your Blood is Like?
February 4, 2003
One doctor commented, it's not that hard.
Have an experienced lab look at the blood cells under a microscope.
In Hemolytic Anemia, where there is a low red blood cell count,
The red blood cells will not appear 'rounded & tear-shaped'
but will instead look 'ragged' ... sort of 'beat up'
Say they take a sample of blood by pricking your finger.
Then let the blood just drip out naturally...
you don't want to squeeze the blood out as that would damage the cells & defeat the whole purpose.
Now it makes sense what one Inipol EAP 22 application worker shared,
"They (on behalf of Exxon) drew my blood with very large needles - a thick-tubbed needle, ouch!
so as to not destroy whatever it was they were looking for."
(They first tried with a regular blood draw needle & it didn't work.
They couldn't tell whether the damage they saw was before or after the blood draw.)
"I felt the all-the-time-tiredness hit about 4 months after the August, 1989 work...which I still have to this day"
"Then I was allowed to work the 1990 season with Inipol EAP 22 also."
My doctor tried to determine why I had a low red blood cell anemia last year...
by checking hereditary, dietary, colonoscopy (for internal bleeding), bone marrow test, lymph node biopsy. It all came up zeros. I've recently also had gushing nose bleeding; and end of 1989 until now: an all-the-time depression plus extreme irritability.
I gave up.
I don't think I even mentioned to my doctor
that I worked with Inipol EAP 22
during the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill cleanup.
Comments from another Inipol EAP 22 application supervisor of workers *
and * And other workers, too *
Home Page for Workers * What Went Wrong *
Is your blood cell count normal? *
Have lab check red blood cells under a microscope if counts are borderline normal: 4.7 or less