Dear Friends of Chuck,
I know a lot more about platelets today than I did yesterday.
Low platelet counts DO cause sufferers to feel faint. Platelets are manufactured in the bone marrow; chemotherapy causes bone marrow suppression.
I spoke to an oncology nutritionist this evening, who said there is nothing specific one can eat to raise platelets, but anything that will boost the immune system will help and she emphasized protein above all. She urged that Chuck eat more protein, whether in the form of peanut butter or steak or Greek yogurt--as well as more calories.
We'll be working on protein consumption this week, among other things. And grab bars in the shower.
Best to all