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Friday, March 25, 2011

Bloody Wish List

Dear Heppy
today i went to my GP to have blood taken.
it's been six months since i had any blood-work done, and it was about time to have next check-up to see what's going on.
i brought my scribbled-down bloody wish list with me and whipped it out at the nurse.
the following were on the menu:
FBC - full blood count
ALT - alanine aminotransferase (liver)
AST - aspartate aminotransferase (liver)
AFP - alpha feto protein (liver tumor marker)
ALP - alkaline phosphatase (liver)
GGTP - gamma-glutamyl transpeptidase (liver & bile ducts)
bilirubin (liver)
albumin (liver)
TSH - thyroid stimulating hormone (thyroid)
T3 - triiodothyronine (thyroid)
T4 - thyroxine (thyroid)
fasting full lipid panel - cholesterol, HDL, LDL & triglycerides
and finally fasting glucose.
it beats me why they don't do fasting insulin, which means without it i won't be able to calculate HOMA to check against IR, oh well...
also, i didn't know, that to test for ferritin and vit D level, i should have called in on any other day but friday, because the blood samples won't be sent off to the lab before the weekend, and those two tests need to be lab-processed within 24 hrs. lesson learnt, and i will do those some other time.
i am very excited about getting full lipid panel done, because before, i've had only cholesterol checked a couple years ago and it was bordering high.
the results should be back in about 10 days, and it will be interesting to find out how things are going.
also, i am thinking of compiling a stand alone page with all my previous and upcoming lab results to have it in one place, with easy way to compare and keep an eye on them.
i have not received my medical file from kilkenny hospital yet, and if i still don't have it in a couple of weeks i'll be writing to them again.
and still waiting for appointment letter from dublin, for second opinion with a specialist.
but i'm not in any rush.

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