"There's a myth that anyone who has a liver problem has brought it on themselves" This quote is from a Crohn's disease patient living with a blocked portal vein hoping for a liver transplant (Independent 31st Oct 2010)

Thursday, 11 November 2010

11th of the 11th

Happy 81st Birthday Uncle M. Here you are age about 26 with my Mum, caught by breast cancer far too young.
Spend most of the morning working on a spread sheet of my 8 sets of blood tests taken between 2nd July and 4th November. Now I can see the 'out of range' ones more easily. Tumour marker AFP stands out as too high - hoping that will have dropped quite a bit post surgery. Of the liver function tests: Albumin (that's the one that balances fluids) was too low on 2nd July, then became normal, then too low again post surgery. ALT (indicates degree of damage to liver cells) was high, then normal, and then high post surgery. Globulin (high in cirrhosis) is high. Bilirubin normal at the moment but needs an eye kept on as is steadily dropping. ALP is normal. Called the GP and they have heard nothing as yet from the surgeon. Called the surgeon's secretary and she will fax the blood tests to the GP. Plan to call GP again Friday.
2pm: Wii fit aerobics 15mins.
3 x 1,000 word NVQ Health & Social care assignments arrive in the post from my assessor. That will keep me busy for a while!
Stiff and sore for the rest of the day and a bad night partly due to the aches and partly the stormy weather. Part of our neighbour's fence blows into our garden.

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