Author: Helix Gade

Pre-Donation Information

PRE-DONATION Get plenty of sleep the night before donation Drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol 24 hours before donation.  Half of an individual’s blood volume is made up of water. At least drink 2cups of water before donation. Eat healthy Increase iron intake, because iron is lost during blood donation and low iron levels […]

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Blood Donation Facts

What is Blood: can be defined as the fluid in our body that carries oxygen from the lungs to every part of the body, and also caries waste products. Blood is that magic potion which gives life to another person. Though we have made tremendous discoveries and interventions in science, we are not yet able […]

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Handling Depression While Living with Sickle Cell Disease

Introduction Let’s engage in a simple test to know if you are struggling with depression or not. Basically, if you have an answer to the question “what are you depressed about?”, then you’re sad or anxious. If you have a general feeling of sadness with no reason behind it, then you may be struggling with […]

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Water Therapy For Individuals Living With Sickle Cell Disease

Introduction This means how water can both be preventive or curative for diseases, in our context, notably SCD, avoiding crisis and maintaining health. Water makes up about 65 to 70 percent of body weight and is the most important fluid in maintaining our internal environment. The normal human physiology has the capacity to lose water […]

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Do’s and Don,ts While Living With Sickle Cell Disease

1. Drink plenty of fluids; dehydration can increase the risk of a crisis; it is very important to take lots of water about 10-12 glasses daily (Drink more fluids if you are exercising or in hot weather). This water drinking goes a long way to prevent crises because dehydration is a major trigger of sickling […]

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COVID 19 and Sickle Cell Disease: What you need to know.

A brief summary of the COVID 19: From what is known the virus belongs to the class of Coronaviruses, a large family notorious for respiratory tract infections.  Notably the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS virus) and the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) virus belong to this class. COVID 19 is a novel type discovered sometime […]

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Addiction As It Relates To People Living With Sickle Cell Disease

Introduction We will discuss addiction under the following terms -Definition  -Pleasure seeking -Craving  -Cue anticipations -Withdrawal and relapse What Is Addiction or Addictive Behavior?  This is repeatedly taking a particular substance or performing a particular activity, despite the fact that it may be causing substantial harm to the doer because such a substance or act […]

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