Tuesday, May 10, 2011

FAB - on feeling disconnected

I tend to think that the more external stress that I feel, the more I try to hibernate (whether physically or emotionally).

When I feel like I can't control a situation, I hide out.

It gets harder for me to leave the house, to take initiative, to enjoy various aspects of my life.

I will also tend to read more or watch TV more and avoid phone calls.

This time around, what I've been avoiding the most is the internet. Blogging, Facebook and Twitter.

All have been receiving less of my attention, so to speak, since that is often the primary way in which I communicate with others.

I confess that I am really obsessing negatively over the damn cardiac stress test as well as continuing to freak out over Hubs state of joblessness.

So it's making me a neglectful internet user.

I expect that once I have the test and Hubs finds a job, I'll be back to my usual self.

I have to run out and pick up test results from my DR to pass along to Dr. W. so if I can make sense of them, I'll possibly edit this post to talk about them...

Edited to add:

The blood work done with my physical all came back with results within normal ranges but I'll vopy the info here before I pass it on to Dr. W.


Hemoglobin     133     ref range     115-165     units G/L
Hematocrit   0.393     ref range   0.37-0.47     units L/L
WBC count       4.7     ref range     4.0-11.0     units X10 9/L
RBC count       4.49     ref range   3.80-5.80     units X10 12/L
MCV                87.6     ref range         80-97     units FL
MCH                29.6     ref range   27.0-32.0     units PG
MCHC                338     ref range      320-360     units G/L
RDW                 14.2    ref range    11.0-14.5     units %
Platelet count     242    ref range      150-400      units X10 9/L
Absolute: neutros 2.7   ref range       2.0-7.5      units X10 9/L
Absolute: lymph   1.5   ref range       1.1-3.3      units X10 9/L
Absolute: mono    0.4   ref range       0.0-0.8      units X10 9/L
Absolute: EOS      0.1   ref range       0.0-0.5      units X10 9/L
Absolute: BASO    0.0   ref range       0.0-0.2      units X10 9/L


Glucose fasting-ser  4.1  ref range 3.3-6.0  units MMOL/L
Creatinine               77  ref range 60-115   units UMOL/L
eGFR                      72  ref range not listed  & units not listed

Sodium                  140  ref range 135-146         units MMOL/L
Potassium               4.7  ref range 3.5-5.2          units MMOL/L
Chloride                106  ref range 95-108           units MMOL/L
Alt                           9  ref range  4-43              units U/L
Cholesterol          3.97  ref range TARGET <5.20  units MMOL/L
Triglycerides        0.60  ref range TARGET <1.71  units MMOL/L
HDL Cholesterol   1.41  ref range TARGET >1.29  units MMOL/L
LDL Cholesterol    2.29  ref range not listed       units MMOL/L
Chol/HDL ratio     2.82  ref range not listed  & units not listed

TSH                     2.35  ref range  0.30-5.60    units MU/L

looking for info on what these mean here:   http://www.labtestsonline.org/understanding/analytes/ldl/test.html#what

and here:   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reference_ranges_for_blood_tests


  1. Hang in there...if you need a break from media and people then take it...just don't stay away too long!

  2. Thanks!

    I'm hoping my upcoming Calgary getaway with the girls helps my mood improve!