OK, so maybe anemia isn't so fun, but it can be fun to look at on a blood smear, and fun to paint with thread...
Anemia, is essentially a lack of red blood cells, or a disorder of them. Sudden anemia can occur after a trauma, such as a car accident, major operation, or childbirth (which can be rather traumatic). A sudden loss of blood really doesn't show up on a blood smear. The hospital's instruments detect the blood loss in the CBC. More commonly though, anemia takes a bit of time, because it's due to diet (as in iron deficiency), genetics (as in sickle cell anemia), or due to various other medical problems.
The most common anemia I saw was iron deficiency, which is very common in women, especially when they're pregnant. It's something I myself have faced, so I thought I'd do a quilt block of what it looks like on the slide.
Stay tuned for tomorrow. I think I'm going to do a "poik" block... all the different abnormal RCB shapes.
And it's Tuesday, so Quilt Story is having their fabric Tuesday link party. Head over there for some inspiration and fun!