I called my doctor’s office… I guess he hasn’t looked at the ultrasound results yet, but according to the receptionist, he did look at the blood lab and said my results looked better… which is kinda vague. He wants me to have another blood lab done in a month.
He seems concerned about me being slightly anemic. Having kept my own copies of my hemoglobin levels for the past year, I would say my levels are just naturally low, since it is usually around 13 (the normal range is 14-18… or 13.5-16.5… depending on who you ask). Worst case, I should take an iron supplement (I do take a multivitamin which has iron, but generally don’t eat red meat).
This is one reason I like to always get copies of my medical records, medicine isn’t a centralized body, so hospitals don’t necessarily talk to one other. I’ve given blood with the Red Cross and with MetroWest Medical, and had labs done by the ER and my doctor. Each time I’ve gotten a copy of the data, so I have several data points, while each medical institution only has one or two.
The mild anemia isn’t really concerning to me, what I want to know is what’s going on with my gall bladder, but of course that’s the data he hasn’t gotten to yet. Hopefully I’ll hear back soon, and next time I talk to them I’ll have them mail me a copy of the blood lab results, which I forgot to do just now. Oh, and see if I can get the a copy of both the ultrasound results AND the images as well. Hopefully I can get the image data in standard DICOM format. I want to see what my insides look like. =)