I cut myself shaving this morning and air started leaking out......
Not really. Wouldn't be surprised if it did though.I have had a lot of blood taken out this week. I've just completed the next steps in this process which is more lab work up of my blood. Here's the list of what's being checked....
- Comprehensive Metabolic Profile
- Lipid Panel
- HEP B Surface AG
- HEP B S AB
- HEP B Core AB
- HEP B Core - IgG, IgM, Total Ab
- HEP C PCR - (Quantitative)
- HEP C AB
- CMV - IgG
- EBV (Epstein Barr Virus)
- VZV IgG (Varicella-Zoster Virus)
- HIV 1/2
- PSA (males)
- 2 Hour Glucose Test (Oh yeah, finally something I understand)
- Stool for Occult Blood
- 24 hour urine collection
On the way out I was given an orange plastic jug and was told to collect my urine for 24 hours. Skip the morning's first evacuation and then collect every stream for 24 hours. I thought I might have a problem with filling it up but I do love my coffee so no problem there. The rules are, you have to refrigerate it. The reason for the collection is to check for creatinine clearance and protein.
Also, there's the matter of the stool samples which these days involves taking a brush and painting an improptu "Poopcaso" on cotton panels. They're just looking to make sure there's no blood.
Now if all of this wasn't interesting enough, I also donate blood platelets every month and I was scheduled to donate the next day, something I did with enthusiasm.
I am somehow wishing that this blog would be more exciting (like my effervescent regular blog writing) but somehow I just don't seem to muster it.
You might be wondering who I am and the only reason I have kept my identity a secret is that I have to have time to break this news to people about why I am doing this.
I have done that. I just have one last thing I need to do before coming out with everything and I promise to do that soon.
I see this donation as a very matter of fact thing. If you can save a life and live perfectly fine by giving something up why not?