so--today i had a blood draw, i called this afternoon to ask for results, since they never call and tell me much of anything. when the nurse called me back and i asked if she could give me my results, she said she didn't have any for today. so, i explained that i had had a blood draw this morning and i was just curious about the results. she pulls them up and tells me that my platelets, which up to this time been normal, are now low.she also says that my onc is out of town until tuesday and that she'll show him the results then.
first of all, of course my first response was to check here to see if low platelets are normal--and sure enough i found that they are. i dont' remember the specific numbers, but i've called my GP to ask if there is any reason to be concerned--she can call and get hte numbers if it is important. i am mildly concerned because today my period started about 3 days early, and i have more than half a dozen bruises on my legs--none of which are from me bumping myself. one is the size of a fifty cent piece and pretty wicked looking, the rest are quarter size or smaller. all are odd looking--i was a bit worried before the blood draw and wanted to ask but again my onc is out of town.
second: venting: what the hell is the good of doing a blood draw if no one is going to bother to look at the results for almost a week? if something were actually wrong no one would even know! now perhaps if the results are unusual enough the lab would call or something--i've no idea, but regardless: why bother? why did i get up at 7am this morning and run off for a blood draw while having cramps and getting stuck twice because it's the morning i take my every other day diuretic, so i was swollen enough that the phlebotomist couldn't get blood from the regular location and instead had to take it from the back of my hand? why? what the hell is the point of that? /end vent