"I was confused, scared, sad, still sore and unbelievably tired"

“Back in 2006 the Chief Inspector I was working with took me aside and expressed concern about the number of bruises I had on my arms. I was so embarrassed therefore decided to get it checked out.

I went to my GP who sent me to the Haematology Ward at the RAH. The haematologist stated I had glandular fever and diagnosed me with ITP (Immune Thrombocytopenia Purpura). I then had blood taken every few months and I felt extremely lethargic. I also developed joint and muscle pain at this point.

This carried on for a few years and then on Easter weekend of 2010 I felt really unwell. I had so much pain all over my body, I could hardly move. The GP sent me straight to A&E. I stayed in hospital for ten days, having numerous tests done.

I received a call to come in and see my consultant as specialised blood tests confirmed I had Lupus (SLE). I was confused, scared, sad, still sore and unbelievably tired, but it was great finally to put a name to what was wrong.

I woke one morning with blood clots in my mouth and a red/purple rash over the lower parts of my legs. My GP sent me straight to A&E. They discovered my platelet count was one. A normal platelet count is 150-400. I had to have blood and platelet transfusions. This didn’t help my platelet count so they decided to give me an IVIG transfusion. I ended up really unwell after this. Eventually, my platelet count began to climb.

My conditions remain relatively stable on various medications. It’s hard knowing I will be taking medication for the rest of my life. I’m very lucky to have an understanding employer as I’ve had quite a few long-term absences.

Work is still difficult for me on a day-to-day basis but I hope to keep working for as long as I can and I know, with the support I receive from Police Scotland, I should be able to work for many years to come.”

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