|Prevent a Sickle Cell Crisis|
Embarking in either a strenuous journey or going for exercise involves multiple challenges for people living with sickle cell disease. It also depends on the distant of the trip, mode of transportation, destination or intensity of exercise. Therefore, the way you prepare for your trip or exercise as an individual with SCD can make a difference if you make sickle cell crisis prevention a priority as I always do.
How to prevent a sickle cell crisis after a strenuous journey or exercise
1. ✅Rest, rest and more rest. Following my long trip back to Canada, I was super exhausted. My oxygen levels were very low (80). I had severe headaches, shortness of breath, nausea, and my heart rate was very fast. It is important to have an oximeter to help check oxygen levels.
2. ✅Take home oxygen or liquid oxygen
Painful crisis most often happen during sleep because of a decrease in oxygen saturation. For prevention, I administer oxygen at bedtime or prior to sleep when exposed to a trigger and it works perfectly.
You can administer oxygen by nasal canula. A rate of 1.5 to 2 liters/minute using a home or portable oxygen concentrator is okay for 95% oxygen saturation.
3. ✅Drink lots of fluids
To prevent dehydration and therefore a sickle cell crisis, drink water and other healthy fluids. I drink enough for my urine to become clear like water or turn light yellow. Avoid alcohol. Drink more fluids before, during, and after any exercise or strenuous activity, during the heat and when you have a fever or infection. Help children keep a water bottle when in school or anywhere else.
4. ✅Take a dropper of liquid chlorophyll every hour
Liquid Chlorophyll is a potent plant supplement commonly taken for preventing crisis in sickle cell patients.
On a molecular level, chlorophyll is quite similar to heme in terms of structure and is a part of the hemoglobin in human blood. Heme turns blood bright red once exposed to oxygen and it’s bound to proteins forming hemoglobin. Hemoglobin takes oxygen to the lungs and other respiratory surfaces where it gets released into tissues all over the body, hence preventing crisis.
5. ✅Take a probiotic daily
According scientific studies, probiotics have a few functional uses in the human body and especially when it comes to SCD patients. Probotics help promote the health and maintenance of a SCD patient’s digestive tract’s cell lining. It also supports the immune system and manages inflammation.
So, take a probiotics daily to strengthen antibodies to fight against other diseases and conditions affecting your digestive health, immunity, and systemic inflammation and especially sickle cell crisis.
6. ✅Take Evenflo or a pain pill if in pain
Are you experiencing a pain crisis? Take a pain pill or go for EvenFlo. It is a nutritional supplement that helps to manage SCD, particularly the crisis. The supplement helps bone marrow cells to enter the cell cycle and enhance the production of red blood cells and a significant increase in IL-3 secretion and largely inhibited IFN-γ secretion. This results in an increase of hemoglobin concentration and hematocrit. Studies show that EvenFlo can also boost your appetite and improve your anemia condition, general health, pain and weight management.
7. ✅Take beetroot mixed with spinach juice daily
Beetroot and spinach are “must eat” super foods for people with SCD. They are great sources of minerals and vitamins. I take beetroot/spinach juice to enrich my body with vitamins A, B6, B2, E, K and C. They are perfect for strengthening the immune system, adding vitality, improving blood quality, repairing energy and fighting infections. This combination also contains calcium, magnesium, potassium, manganese, and iron which is a vital mineral in red blood cell production and the prevention of sickle cell episodes.
8. ✅If after all these you still don’t feel well within a few days, see your doctor as you may need to be put on oxygen and fluids.
By doing these things, I was able to raise my oxygen levels from 80 to 87 within a day and drop my heart rate to 70 ( it was previously above 100).
Always listen to your body and don’t push it.