Dating a sickle cell patient
Or perhaps it’s due to his parents, whose experiences with Damian’s elder sister, also diagnosed with the genetic condition at birth, shaped the way they raised him.
This is known as a crisis, and it’s an episode of pain, often very severe.
Crises are caused when oxygen-carrying red blood cells become distorted, forming a sickle, or crescent shape.
The pain is immense, and during his last crisis Damian was unable to do anything else than reach for the phone and dial 911, before spending three days in the hospital.
Normally it would cause you to receive intravenous pain medication, and be in the hospital for several days, possibly weeks. I’ve always try to say what factors triggered a crisis—was I running myself ragged, did I do anything extra—and I’ve never been able to come up with a cause.
I’ve talked with others, and repeatedly people will say I wasn’t doing anything out of the ordinary, it just happened.