My appointment with Dr. Dracula was scheduled for 10:30 this morning. Ginger and I sat and waited and hung out and waited some more. I was finally taken to an examination room. Dr. D. waltzed in just after 12:00 noon. I had not had breakfast, so by then I was cranky with hunger, tired of sitting, and anxious about all the test results. But I kept my cool, not an easy thing for me these days. I see him again in 2 months (August 9th). His scheduler asked me what time I would like to see him that day. I replied, "Any time that I don't have to wait for an hour and a half." My next appointment is at 9:00 AM. We'll see how it goes.
Before I saw Dr. Dracula, I visited with the technician who took vial #24 of blood. Actually, I don't think I can count this one. The tube was only about an inch and a half long and a quarter of an inch wide. This sample came from my finger. She asked which finger I wanted her to use, so of course I gave her the middle one. No. Seriously. I gave her the finger. She laughed so hard that I thought she was going to fall off her stool, and then she told me I was funny. I told her that I don't do anything unless I can have fun. :-) She got me back, though. The blood sample was for a CBC (Complete Blood Count) and she squeezed the bejeebers out of my finger!
Anyway, the wonderful, marvelous, excellent news is that I don't have anything that even remotely resembles any type of blood cancer. I am totally grateful for that.
The normal SED rate for a human is below 20. Mine is 88. This indicates a whole lot of inflammation or an infection somewhere in the body. The protein level in my blood is elevated, too. This also indicates inflammation or infection in the body. We can rule out infection because I'm not running a high fever and my white cell count is fine. So that means inflammation. I will now be seeing a rheumatologist, Dr. OhMyAchyBody. Someone from Dr. Dracula's office is setting up that appointment and will call me with the details. In the meantime, I'm still so sore and tired that I can't half think.
I love my life! I'm glad that I'm alive to gripe about it. :-)