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painted turtle
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Does anyone know what the consistency of blood is supposed to be?

If you were to cut yourself and lose lots of blood, is it normal for it to have a gel like quality and be sticky when trying to clean the sink of it?

I cut my finger this morning and lost enough blood to notice its consistency and immediately thought it seemed sticky and that it should more easily rinse down the sink

Rather than sort of cling to it.

Is this the normal consistency of blood?

Any info appreciated.

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Not sure myself, but I asked my husband and he said that that doesn't sound right. That it shouldn't be gel-like and sticky from cutting your finger and having some in the sink.

Not sure what could cause that, though...

EDIT - I was looking around on google and found somewhere that said that "high blood sugar does effect the consistency of the blood. As I understand it- excess sugar causes red blood cells to become stiff and sticky. This is one of the reasons why people with diabetes are at higher risk for heart disease. Like all the other complications of diabetes- the goal is to keep your blood sugar in target."

Not sure if this helps any though.

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Not sure if that's it but hypercoagulation is real common in lymies...somebody will come along soon and elaborate if you keep this post near the top.

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Thanks both of you.

I think things happen for a reason and it was really interesting for me to see this because intuitively it seemed like it should more easily run down the sink. I guess, what I really want to know is if maybe this is just normal? But there was definitely a gel like quality to it.

My LLMD did say I have significant hypercoagulation and yet, my heart dr hadn't heard of the test or the lab (Hemex) and with the disclaimer on the bloodwork saying it could be mistake, and of course the drs. determing disability don't think it exists, it's been hard to believe it.

So it has been hard for me to trust.....til I see it with my own eyes!!!

(Unless that's normal, and I'm kind of wondering if someone will come along and say it is normal.)

I researched sticky blood on the internet and turns out, it can cause a lot of the same symptoms lyme does!!! Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

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I have hypercoagulation, though I never have bled enough to notice it! Ask your LLMD about boluoke or nattokinase for it. I got rid of blood clots in my arm really fast last fall with boluoke. Good luck!

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Lyme lady,

How long did you have to take it and do you take it still?? Do you have or did you have hypercoagulation? I'll look into this, is it a "natural" product or a pharma drug??? Thanks for the idea.

Disturbed, also thanks for the diabetes suggestion, it does run in my family and also my LLMD mentioned hyperinsulinanemia as well.

Interesting.

Oh and PS, in case it wasn't clear....I cut my finger by accident drying a wine glass!!

I just re read my post and it kind of sounded like I was conducting some sort of masochistic experiment. [lol]

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Two years ago the girl drawing my blood had commented on how quickly my blood had clotted in the tube - almost instantly. Pretty scary, especially when you're having palpitations non-stop, dizzy spells, blue lips, and doctors are chuckling about how everything comes back normal and you should take your Cymbalta like a good little mental case.
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There have been many discussions recently about blood hypercoagulation.

There are many non-prescriptions enzyme products which, if taken half hour before a meal or 2 hours after, act in a "systemic" fashion to correct this situation.

Some of them are nattokinase (recommended for short-term use only by Dr. K in his long article on Lyme treatment), Rechts Regulat, Vitalzyme (a mix of enzymes), Neprinol (also a mix), and Lumbrokinase, to name a few.

Wobenzyme is an older enzyme mix that takes a lot more capusles to equal the "dose" of other enzyme products. It also usually has a red dye in it.

Lumbrokinase is the most expensive, and specifically targets build-up of fibrin in capillaries, especially in the brain. My LLMD says that he has used high doses of it to reverse stroke very rapidly.

I personally got good "blood flow" improvement using Rechts Regulat. However, due to neuro symptoms, my LLMD has me taking Lumbrokinase at this time.

You can do a search at Lymenet on this topic for more info.

Hope this helps!

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I had a similar experience 2 weeks ago, after my Bicillin shot: I bled down my leg and onto the floor.

Hard to clean up; I noted to myself that I recalled it meant "something", but couldn't remember what.

I've left a message for my LLMD; I'll get back to you as to what he says.

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Think I heard this can happen if you have the babs...
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Hi All, thanks for your words of wisdom.

Adam, Fry says I have the babs and so does my LLMD but the rheumy at the disability company says, no proof of babs.

[confused]

Can brave, that would be cool if you post the response. It was well over a half a cup of blood I lost at the sink alone and so there was a lot to look at!

It sort of pooled in the sink before I could rinse it down the drain and so I was wondering if someone might come along and tell me this is normal, this is what blood does.

I'll also ask the nurse when I get stitches out in 10 days.

Cass, thanks a bunch for the info, I'll look into it as time goes on and I get all this cleared up and squared away in my own understanding.

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painted, I took the boluoke for 4 months. It's quite expensive - in the $70 range for a month's supply. That's why I switched to nattokinase.

I was put on coumadin for the blood clots but my LLMD said it was the boluoke that broke them up so quickly, not coumadin. She wanted me off coumadin ASAP.

Boluoke is "natural" all right - it's made from earthworms! But it's very effective.

Yes, I do have hypercoagulation.

Good luck! - Lymelady

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PT,

I am a Dental hygienist. Although I don't work with "cupfuls" of blood at a time, I do work with blood. People bleed.

While some people's blood will be thinner than others, the gel-like consistency you describe is not usual.

It sounds thick. Like hypercoagulation.

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LymeLady,

Worms?!?!?!

That sounds way freaky!

Carly, thanks for your input.

Does anyone know,

Why baby asprin is not a good solution for this?

(something about the difference between platelets and fibrin/finbrinogen)

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Also known as: Prothrombin Time, Pro Time
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Related tests: Activated Clotting Time (ACT), Partial Thromboplastin Time (PTT), Prothrombin Consumption Time (PCT), Fibrinogen, Coagulation Factors

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PT, don't let the idea of "worms" scare ya! It's in capsule form. Just take it like any other pill.

It really is effective - ask your LLMD!

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