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The Labs are In!

So, Monday morning, I had my blood work done to evaluate my health. I got the results last night. I posted a brief synopsis on FB but decided to write something a little more in-depth. Overall, I am pleased with how my health is improving. And really, these are the number that count, far more than the scale.

So, most of my lab work came back normal; however, there are few areas of celebration and concern. I am seeing my doctor on Monday. So, I will let you know what she says!

Celebration:  As most of you know, I am a Type 2 diabetic. Oh, wait! Let me correct myself. I WAS a Type 2 diabetic. My A1C is down to 5.7, and my glucose 88. So, the diabetic range is 6.5 or higher, and at 7, you will be put on medication. Pre-diabetes is 5.7-6.4. I believe my numbers are low enough to discuss getting off meds. YAY! This has been a goal of mine, and I have achieved it!

RA Factor: I asked that some tests be run for rheumatoid arthritis. My RA factor is normal. This doesn’t necessarily preclude the diagnosis, but it lessens the likelihood. I am thrilled.

C-reactive protein test (CRP): This is another test I asked to be run. Elevated C-reactive proteins result from inflammation, which can indicate infection or a chronic inflammatory disease, such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus, as well as the risk of heart disease. And I am happy to say that it is normal.  

Concerns: 
EOS (absolute): According to the Mayo Clinic, eosinophils are a type of disease-fighting white blood cell. Eosinophilia is a condition most often indicates a parasitic infection, an allergic reaction, autoimmune inflammation, or cancer. Most likely, this is allergies or part of the on-going autoimmune issues. I genuinely don’t think I have a parasite or cancer. Normal is less than .4, I am at .5.

Bilirubin, Total: Again, according to the Mayo Clinic, higher than normal levels of bilirubin may indicate different types of liver problems. One of the causes is drug toxicity, and considering the medication cocktail I take, I am not surprised. So, you can see why I am so excited to start getting off meds. Normal is 1.2, I am at 1.7.

ALT (SGPT) Alanine transaminase (ALT) is a liver enzyme. Elevated liver enzymes often indicate inflammation or damage to cells in the liver. This is not the first time my results included high liver enzymes. Normal is 32, I am at 37.

3 thoughts on “The Labs are In!

  1. Lots of good news in there – yayyy you! There are concerns, yes, but having data is always the best first step. You’ve inspired me to make an appointment with my PCP to have a routine health visit with labs. Thanks!

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    1. There is a lot of good news. Overall, I am pretty happy. I actually excited to have a good long conversation with my PCP.
      Yes, I have some concerns, but I will be honest, these aren’t new issues. I am making the effort to get the right testing and diagnosis. Every so often, I start the push. I get frustrated with the IDK response of docs. This is the first run with the PCP. I am tired of being exhausted…HA!

      I am glad you are getting your tests done! It is good to have the information regarding your health and lab results.

      Just checking in, how are you doing with the hurricane? Are you safe?

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