Miriam diagnosed with chronic bone marrow disorder
MANILA, Philippines - Still recovering from a mild stroke after an explosive TV interview, Sen Miriam Defensor Santiago has been "quarantined from certain toxic people" after her blood test results showed she is suffering from a bone marrow disorder.
On Friday, January 18, Santiago was diagnosed with "slow bone marrow," a chronic disorder resulting in low red blood cells and low hemoglobin, Santiago's office said in a statement.
A slow bone marrow results in a low blood cell count, which prevents the blood from carrying an adequate supply of oxygen. This, in turn, causes fatigue, dizziness, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, and other symptoms.
Santiago, who is known for defying her doctor's orders, has been forced to isolate herself from the news.
“I am quarantined from certain toxic people, and I am sequestered from political news. I may as well be shot. But then again, I will have more time for my 4 granddaughters, every single one of whom is precocious, beautiful, brilliant, and a potential Olympic champion,” Santiago said.
Santiago has been caught in a bitter word war with Enrile over his selective distribution of "cash gifts" last December, which excluded Santiago and 3 other senators.
After bursting her blood vessel in the eye in an interview about Enrile and Sen Panfilo Lacson, whom she called an "Enrile defender," doctors advised Santiago to take it easy or risk suffering a second stroke.
Results of her Friday blood tests also revealed that Santiago's cholesterol, triglycerides, LDL, calcium, uric acid and blood urea are all high.
Santiago's cardiologist, Dr Esperanza Cabral, has prescribed injections for her bone marrow disorder. - Rappler.com