Last week I had my blood test and I was able to view the results the next day online through a free service called myehealth, medicine that is available in my province. A new person took my blood and they were understanding when I told them I needed to take a photo afterwards. What is also cool, information pills is that a technician passed by, noted that they hadn’t seen me for a while, and asked how I was doing.
These are strange days. I’m sitting here looking at my blood test results and really not understanding what everything means. Broadly I realize that I have higher cancer levels, but I’m also worried about whether there are larger issues I should be concerned about. Sometimes blood test results provide more questions than answers. I am remaining calm though. I have an excellent Hematologist and I know I will be contacted if any blood test reveals problems that need be addressed before my next scheduled appointment.
|Date||Albumin||Beta Globulin 2||Gamma Globulin||igG||igA||igM|
|Reference Range||34.0-53.0||1.8 – 4.8||5.1 – 15.0||6.7 – 15.2||.70 – 4.00||.40 – 2.30|
Test comment: There is a monoclonal band (approx. 9 g/L) in the beta 2 region. This band was previously identified as IgM lambda. Polyclonal immunoglobulins are not suppressed.
|Reference Range||4.0 – 11.0||135 – 170||150 – 400||2.0 – 8.0|
In addition, the following Hematology Profile measures were slightly below normal:
Hematocrit .39 (.4 – .5)
MCV 81 (82 – 98)
Lymphocytes 1.1 (1.2 – 3.5)
To recap: I have Multiple Myeloma, a rare blood cancer. It is incurable, but treatable. From February to November 2013, I received Velcade chemo through weekly in-hospital injections as an outpatient. In October, I found out my cancer had returned, and sometime in 2015, I expect to be in treatment again.
I love photography and use it for my mental and physical health. I haven’t taken many photos since my macbookpro died during the summer though. You can view my pictures on Pinterest.