Wow. How long was he chewing on them for? Did he have a tolerance for them? You mentioned that he developed one. How much was he chewing on? No detail is to small. I think you just really, really helped me. I really need this. I am very sorry for your uncle, that is heartbreaking. Did he leave kids? I forget at times that this is exactly where this addiction will lead me. I need it shoved in my face like this right now.
And OMG - My kids all have blood disorders!! My oldest has a very low s-protein and stage 2 hypertension, with a Bp of 159/133 (untreated) and will be on Coumadin shortly and for life. My 12 yr old has factor 5 (blood clots easily), my 15 yr old had factor 8 and a low s protein, my 10 yr old has factor 5, low S protein, the cholesterol gene, and tested positive for a D'Dimer. My 17 yr old had thin blood that clots easily. We found all this out after my ex had a massive heart attack caused from factor 5. 4 of my kids will be on Coumadin for life.
How did you find out about your blood disorder? You were lucky to catch it.