Email to Dr. St @ UCLA: Re: Natural Killer Cells

I can’t sleep. My mind is just spinning. My stomach has been bothering me pretty badly lately, so that isn’t helping anything either.

So I decided to email this new doctor at UCLA–I prefer to write emails over phone calling anyway, because my short term memory is poor and I often forget what I said (or didn’t say) or agreed to do or what I have to do.

This way, if it’s in an email, I can look it back up and check…

Much better for everyone–


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From: tl_kittle
Date: February 2, 2012 1:27:35 AM PST
To: Dr. St @ UCLA
Subject: Low Natural Killer Cells

Dear Dr. St,

I received your name from Dr. K, in regards to contacting you about my immune deficiency, which goes back to when I was born. This problem as exists in my son, David, as well, in addition to going back through my family tree (not skipping any generations).

I’ve attached some recent blood results for you, but I’ve had numerous abnormal T, B, an NK panel blood work over the years. It seems to fluctuate, going slightly into normal and then below normal, in a cyclical pattern, but I’ve suffered from re-occurring infections since I was born.

As you are probably already familiar, I’ve had countless infections since I was born, usually with an atypical presentation.

For example, I had bacteremia at St. Joseph’s hospital in Burbank in November 2005 (culturing positive for Entercoccus and Corney bacterium), and in the same blood draw my wcb was only 6.7, no fever or no chills. I looked perfectly healthy. This is only one example of many, both viral, bacterial and fungal infections.

Any thoughts or insight into my case would be greatly appreciated. Even if we just run a few tests…if we can’t find the answer today, maybe we will one day soon.



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Some kind of rare immune deficiency, yet to be determined. A lifetime of infections without an elevated white cell blood or fever. Very grateful to be alive, very thankful for the friends who’ve supported me and for access to literally millions of dollars worth of medical care. I’m not the bubble child, I’m somewhere in between.
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2 Responses to Email to Dr. St @ UCLA: Re: Natural Killer Cells

  1. todays date says:

    i love your blog, i have it in my rss reader and always like new things coming up from it.

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