When Nicky was born I was told of anemia being an issue with RDEB (Recessive Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa). With this knowledge I gave him Ferrous Sulfate supplements as suggested by his pediatrician thinking that would fix it, but somehow I was unaware of how serious anemia could really become. It wasn’t until he was 7 years old that he was tested for iron levels and we found out his levels were so low they were “borderline lethal”. Talk about scary. It was then that we started a routine of giving him iron and blood infusions that continues ’till this day. Why blood? Because over time his blood loses the ability to absorb iron so by giving him a fresh injection of good blood helps his body re-absorb iron as it should. I was told by many Doctors that the reason why RDEB patients are anemic was because of the “blood loss”Read More →

If there was one question that I was asked more than any other in regards to my son’s condition is why he and others with RDEB look so pale and why they don’t seem to age per se, they always look very young. Even when Nicky was interviewed by FOX11 earlier last year, the most pressing question that came to me from the reporter and later by some of the followers of Nicky’s page is why Nicky looked so young. “He does not look 18 at all, why is that?” There are many answers. For one, most RDEB patients have some sort of iron deficiency. This is because iron is lost from the extensive deep wounds and serious bleeding that occurs, and loss of iron has the side effect of making the skin pale. Normally after Nicky gest an iron infusion he gets rosy cheeks, so I can always tell howRead More →

I started taking Nicky to CHLA (Children Hospital Los Angeles) in the summer of 2004 when he was 8, following my attending the EB Patient Conference in Palo Alto, where I met a rather eloquent and “well versed in EB” hematologist who opened my eyes on something Nicky was dealing with and I knew nothing about. He was severely anemic. I always gave Nicky iron orally or in his tube, but he was increasingly becoming pale and lethargic. After I met this Doctor a light bulb went off in my head. I made sure his pediatrician did blood tests to check his iron levels and she immediately referred me to him. To him! An expert in EB! I could not believe it. This doctor practiced at CHLA, he was actually a local doctor for us, amazing.  Having a child with a ‘orphan disorder’ makes you deeply, and I do meanRead More →