|A box of stuff.|
|A bag of tubes.|
I realise there's been a bit of a gap between posts recently - sorry about that. In the interim I received the kit from the Mayo Clinic to allow my blood to be transported half-way round the world within a day or so of being drawn; I never imagined one day my blood would be flying to America. When it arrived, the box was big, very big. However I soon discovered that most of the volume was taken up by the polystyrene container which will hopefully ensure everything arrives intact. There is a little bit of paperwork, but most of it has been filled out already and fortunately, as a non-US citizen, I don't need to fill out the tax declaration.
As someone who is nearing 4 years since first CLIPPERS symptoms, and has had over 3 years of normal life on Azathioprine, it would be nice to think there was something interesting in my blood. I suspect though, that the key will be to get sufficient patients enrolled that some subtleties start to emerge from the CLIPPERS population as a whole.
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