There are a lot of apps available at the moment for both Iphone OS and Android. As of June 2014, there were one and a half million apps available for download to your smartphone. It is no wonder that there is an app for everything.
Below are my favourites for managing and living with ITP.
The ITP tracker was developed by the people at Health Monitor Network. It is aimed at being a complete Platelet Disorder Resource. It is designed by people who know what you need.
There is a place to record your platelet count, which automatically graphs the data making it easy to read; a calendar for treatments and appointments; as well as a place for symptoms, moods and side effects. I have only just found it, wish I had it from the first day, I could have kept all my records together…
Bloodfued is a game. A funny and informative game. This game is hilarious and yet very educational. I found it hard, at first to get my red blood cell moving, as I’m not a computer game person, but I must admit I might be addicted. I have been playing it all afternoon and still haven’t moved on to the next level. I’m not even sure there is a next level.
This game is designed for children, obviously, providing a much needed visual resource for understanding platelet disorders. The game is centred around a red blood cell shooting platelets with protective IVIG before the immune system destroys them. There are three settings – Leukaemia – ITP – Sickle Cell Anemia. A great way to spend your time, waiting for IVIG infusions,
ICE Emergency Medical Info
There are a lot of Emergency Medical Apps in store to choose from. They range in price and functionality. Some cost money to download while others are free. I think they are all fine, it just depends on which one you like. I use I.C.E Emergency Medical info.
The important thing to look for is that the Medical alert information is accessible after the screen has been locked. there is no point in having all that information if nobody can access it.
Pinterest probably seems like an unlikely addition to this list, but hear me out. My sister actually drew my attention to a number of pin boards dedicated to rare autoimmune disorders. When I started to investigate, there were a lot of people on Pinterest talking about ITP.
A simple ‘ITP’ search on Pinterest will bring up loads of Pin Boards and Accounts from people sharing photos, articles, blogs, websites and event information on ITP; all from Pinterest. You will need a pinterest account to log in to the app.