Here are the results from my 2011-2013 tests:
Red Blood Cells: I wonder why the MCHC index dropped while my other counts are on the rise?
White Blood Cells: I was ill on Nov 16, 2011. I must have been fighting a virus or something - the percentage of lymphocytes rose quite sharply compared to the previous month. I wasn't feeling the best two weeks ago, either. Go, White Blood Cells! Get those germs...
Platelets: The lab counted 338,000 platelets per cmm. These little guys appear to be doing their job :)
I've been reliving my love for hematology this week. It's bitter sweet. I've been considering going back to school for laboratory technology for quite some time now. Two years ago, I contacted a lab technologist to ask questions. Last December, I had the opportunity to job shadow in a hospital lab. Originally, I was only supposed to be given an hour, but I ended up staying the whole afternoon! I loved my time there. The only problem is that a degree in lab tech would require a specialized BS - another five years of study...yikes! Why did I ever change my major? :( It's easy to sink into self-disgust over that and despair about my current work, but I trust that God will use these past choices for good...somehow. In the meantime, I'm reading a textbook about hematology and looking into the possibility of enrolling in a phlebotomy program. That would only take a semester or two, apparently.
In the end, no matter what I do, my blood will only carry me on for so many years. But praise be to Jesus, who gave His precious blood so that His people would have eternal life! I wonder if the Lord will let me examine His blood under a microscope one day in His kingdom? :) Will we need White Blood Cells in paradise? Ah, there are so many things to look forward to! In the meantime...I will hug a little Red Blood Cell and unwind with some techno music ^_^