While brushing my teeth before bed this evening, I noticed a fair amount of blood when I rinsed.  I practice good dental hygiene and knew it wasn’t from my gums.  The back of my tongue was stained red and it appeared that the bleeding was from my throat.  Understandably nervous given my recent diagnosis, we made a trip to the emergency room.  By the time we arrived, the bleeding had stopped.  Blood tests were ordered to rule out low platelet count even though no therapy had been started yet that would likely cause such a side effect.  It was determined a non-event and no recurrence since then.

 

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