Lets put the word out and help others to understand what means to be born with this BLOOD Disorder....
Sickle Cell is a group of inherited RED BLOOD CELL disorders. An estimated 100,000 Americans have SCD, and about 1,000 children with the disorder are born in the USA each year. The disorder MOST COMMONLY affects African-Americans.
In someone who has SCD, the red blood cells responsible for delivering oxygen to the body become hard and sticky, and look like a sickle, that C-shaped farm tool.When Sickle Cells travel through small blood vessels, the cell shape causes them to get stuck ang clog the blood flow, resulting in pain and other serious problems such as infection, acute chest syndrome and stroke.
Normal red blood cells live about 120 days in the bloodstream; abnormal sickle cells usually day in 10 to 20 days, which causes a constante shortage of red blood cells with those with the disorder.
SCD is diagnosed with a specific blood test, called Hgb Eletrophoresis. Babies are tested at birth, and prenatal testing is used to diagnosis SCD as early as the 11th week of pregnancy.
Relieving pain symptoms and preventing infections and other complications is the focus of SCD. Being well hydrated is essencial.