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04 January 2007 @ 11:48 am
Preventative maintenance, cont.  
So, they have indeed found something that warrants a little more attention.

My blood panel found the following:
blood sugar normal
blood count normal
thyroid normal
urine test normal
cholesterol fine, 125

I'm not anemic, I'm at no risk of diabetes currently, my thyroid levels are fine, my blood pressure was great, and considering that my diet has consisted of starches and red meat for the bulk of my life, my cholesterol is phenomenal.

We proceed to the inevitable "however" with the notation that blood panels from my liver were "abnormal." I also showed a high uric acid level. Due to this, they've scheduled a sonogram for tomorrow morning at the ass crack of dawn and then, fun of funs, more blood draining to follow.

(sigh) This is why I hate doing preventative maintenace. Whether on a car or on me, there's always some little something they want to investigate. More as it becomes available.
Current Mood: bored with real life medical dramas
Gramalkingramalkin on January 4th, 2007 05:57 pm (UTC)
Watch your cornhole, buddy.
Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on January 4th, 2007 07:01 pm (UTC)
Hell, man. He did the finger test yesterday. I think he was looking for terrorists or hidden bombs or something. I've had a background check performed by DARPA that left me feeling less violated.
Reana Bladereana on January 4th, 2007 11:16 pm (UTC)
Trav, you do know that in some countries you and your doctor are married now, right?


Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on January 4th, 2007 11:18 pm (UTC)
Heh, he's out of luck, then. My dowry is sorely lacking in goats or chickens.
Jon Reidcrossfire on January 4th, 2007 06:19 pm (UTC)
Sonograms are actually fun, if you get a tech who will explain what's going on as it happens.
Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on January 4th, 2007 07:02 pm (UTC)
Heh. I forget how little I've mentioned about my medical history. I've had several sonograms in the past, not to mention MRIs, CAT scans, EKGs, EEGs, and so on. I've got quite the checkered medical history; it won't surprise me if any supposed liver damage they find would have been due to the various prescription pharmaceuticals I've been on over the years, all by doctor's orders.
silver splits the blue: Abigorashbet on January 4th, 2007 07:41 pm (UTC)
I worry about that same risk for myself, since I've spent so long as a medical guinea-pig :/

I really hope that they don't find anything unpleasant, and that the tests are minimally invasive and as quick as possible!!

**hugs and positive thoughts**

-- A <3
Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on January 4th, 2007 07:51 pm (UTC)
What I'm hoping for at this point is that whatever they want to do in the near future doesn't fuck up my plans for two weeks hence.
Sorciasorcia on January 5th, 2007 12:09 am (UTC)
I'll bite. What's happening in two weeks?
Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on January 5th, 2007 01:46 am (UTC)
ChattaCon. Thanks to the generosity of an old buddy of mine, I'll be attending and visiting with my parents. It's a vacation week.
Ace Lightning: caduceusacelightning on January 4th, 2007 08:13 pm (UTC)
i'm not surprised at the uric acid level - you already know you've got gout. that may also be related to the liver readings.

Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on January 4th, 2007 08:52 pm (UTC)
Actually, I doubt the gout diagnosis. I haven't had a flare-up in over a year and it's never really responded right to gout treatment. It doesn't behave like gout, you know?
Ace Lightning: pillsacelightning on January 4th, 2007 10:32 pm (UTC)
well, then, i guess you'll just have to wait until they do more tests. but it's always disturbing when a doctor looks at your test results and says, "hmm, that's funny..."

Gordon Schumachereleccham on January 6th, 2007 11:02 pm (UTC)
Disturbing? Sounds about right to me...!
Ace Lightning: weirdacelightning on January 6th, 2007 11:29 pm (UTC)
yeah, but your friends all know that you were abandoned on this planet by aliens ;-D

Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on January 6th, 2007 11:33 pm (UTC)
He wasn't abandoned. He was sent here in a rocket ship from the dying and very hot planet Capascin.
Ace Lightning: eats 02acelightning on January 7th, 2007 03:16 am (UTC)
a lovely place - i visit it quite often myself...

The Real Melcainemelcaine on January 5th, 2007 06:14 pm (UTC)
Mentioning Chattacon
I don't have the money to be attending Con itself, but I do plan to come down to Chattanooga that weekend so I can see you...for the first time in five years.

I am happy to hear that you are still planning on coming. I've been really looking forward to seeing you again after all this time.
Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on January 5th, 2007 06:27 pm (UTC)
Re: Mentioning Chattacon
Sounds good. Craig and I only have vague plans at this point. Naturally, plenty of time spent at the Choo Choo for the con, but he was talking about dinner out somewhere one night. I'll be spending Thursday night with my parents and leaving out again Monday afternoon, but that leaves Friday, Saturday and Sunday to arrange something.
The Real Melcainemelcaine on January 8th, 2007 09:00 pm (UTC)
Re: Mentioning Chattacon
I'm thinking maybe sometime on Saturday. The guys are also trying to convince me to come to Chattacon, but I can't really afford it. Should something change, I'm sure we'll see each other a ton during Con. (I'm not expecting things to line up for Con though.

Anyway, I would like to maybe work up some kind of plan for us meeting on Saturday some time at the least. I'd really love to hang out again with you. If you want to call me this week, maybe we can work something out and just generally catch up. If you'd rather I call you, thus you not have to pay for the long distance, I can do that, but I'll need your number. Either way, email me at Yahoo or leave me an offline message on Yahoo messenger (tphillips_writer for both) either with your number or a request for mine.