"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, 3 October 2013

Blood test results

Apologies for the long gap since last post.

I had my usual monthly blood tests done in August and they showed up a new anomaly.
Something called myelocytes were visible in the blood smear.  Myelocytes are a type of bacteria fighting blood cell found in the bone marrow.  If they appear in the blood, alarm bells ring.  So my GP has referred me to a specialist hematologist.  While we wait for my October 14th appointment to come round, the September blood test was done.  This again showed up rogue myelocytes. 

Normally I would be over the internet like a rash, googling the diagnosis.  This time however I'd rather not know, as generally these cells appear in the circulating blood only in certain forms of leukemia or metastatic cancer in the bone marrow, so I'd prefer not think about it until I've seen the specialist.

On a lighter note, J started University in September.  It took 2 car loads to get all his guitars and amps etc over to Huddersfield.  He is in a flat of 7, and has made some good friends (some for partying, ha ha, and some on his course).  Just about coping with the shopping, cooking, cleaning and laundry on top of the lectures, tutorials, note taking, reading, visits to the library etc etc.  Thank god for Skype where we have conversations about how long after the sell by date its safe to eat from an open pack of bacon and what to look for in gone off carrots!!  He cleverly avoids using the video link though, so we cant see the state of the room that 'needs tidying', ha ha.


  1. Hi Fiona,
    I was UGH (there isn't even a word that I can think of to express how I felt about your most recent test results). I can totally understand your reaction to that kind of news. On a similar lighter note, my daughter Rachel is off to her first year of college 2 1/2 hours away. We loaded up our van plus her car to get her moved in : ) Fortunately she has some good room mates. They all support each other when it comes to taking turns fixing dinner and keeping their apartment clean. It makes life a lot easier that way. We tend to use skype to keep in touch with her as well. It works out nice, we get to see her while we are talking and it doesn't use up any of the minutes on her cell phone. You are in our thoughts as always.

    PS Steve gets his next set of tests in November. So far they've been coming back clean. XX X XX

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