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December 24, 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

I’m back to work today, and overall feel better. I was able to rest the past 2 days, which helped a lot, although I’m still not eating much (I’ve lost another 4 lbs since Monday, bring my total to 12 lbs lost since last month).  The diarrhea has slowed down, and I’m not as fatigued.

My doctor is confident it’s just a viral gastroenteritis (fancy term for diarrhea from a virus); the C. Difficile was negative. My creatinine is up to 1.5, but that’s probably just from being a little dehydrated.  Here are my labs from this past Monday:

 

Component        

Your Value

Standard Range

Flag

BUN

17

6-20 mg/dL

 

CREATININE

1.5

0.7-1.5 mg/dL

 

SODIUM

136

135-146 mmol/L

 

POTASSIUM

4.3

3.5-5.1 mmol/L

 

CHLORIDE

109

98-111 mmol/L

 

CO2

17

22-32 mmol/L

L

GLUCOSE

101

70-120 mg/dL

 

ANION GAP

10

7-15 mEq/L

 

CALCIUM

8.5

8.3-10.5 mg/dL

 

GFR ESTIMATED

53.8

>60-  mL/min

L

 

(not sure why the next set didn’t retain the same formatting)

Component         Your Value Standard Range Flag
WBC 8.13 4.00-10.80 K/uL  
RBC 6.76 4.50-5.25 M/uL H
HGB 13.5 14.0-16.5 g/dL L
HCT 42.5 40.0-47.0 %  
MCV 62.9 82.0-99.5 fL L
MCH 20.0 27.0-34.0 pg L
MCHC 31.7 32.0-36.0 g/dL L
RDW 15.4 11.5-15.5 %  
PLATELET COUNT 199 150-400 K/uL  
MPV 10.0 6.6-11.1 fL  
SEGS 28 40-75 % L
LYMPHS 72 18-42 % H
ABS. SEGS 2.28 1.8-7.7 K/uL  
ABS. LYMPHS 5.85 1.0-4.8 K/uL H
RBC MORPH MICROCYTOSIS PRESENT  –     
RBC MORPH HYPOCHROMIA  –     
RBC MORPH SLIGHT  –     

 

 

 

—————————————————————————Last night, I had to go to Wal Mart, and walked in at around 9:30. It was a funny sight, when I saw all of these middle-aged guys standing in front of the card racks getting their last-minute Christmas cards.

 

It was icy on my way to work today; part sleet, part freezing rain. I fishtailed getting onto Interstate 80, but once on, it wasn’t bad. Right below the entrance ramp, there was one overturned 18 wheeler, and another getting towed. About 1/2 mile after getting on I-80, a tandem-trailer Fed Ex Ground truck went flying by at 80 mph! It’s no wonder why there are tractor-trailer accidents when you have an idiot like this driving so fast in freezing rain.

 

Merry Christmas!

 

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