The result of the Differential White Blood Cell Count wasn’t there. Dr TL picked up the phone and enquired the result. This year, the pathology company who has blood collection room at the surgery changed. Maybe, there is a slight difference in administration style.
It wasn’t a straight forward conversation. People at the other end of the phone changed and he explained to each of them what is the test for and it’s not what they think.
It seemed that they didn’t understand the test request, so they didn’t do it. To compromise, he asked what test name he should use to request the test. The person at the other end of the line must be frantically flipping through their manual to answer his simple question. Dr TL was slightly agitated especially when they told him that I have to have my blood taken again.
It wasn’t Dr TL’s fault. I told him that I would give blood again.
Out of curiosity, I asked if I know my blood cholesterol level. It happened that the recent result was high, so he added fasting cholesterol test. He told me that blood need to be collected in the morning for this one. I cannot have food or drink for 12 hours prior to the blood collection, but I’m allowed to drink water.
Fasting wasn’t hard, but getting there in the morning was.
After two attempts of fasting, I managed to be there around 11:30. I was afraid that it wasn’t morning enough, but hoped it was still okay. The staff at the pathology didn’t care anyway.
At the recent meeting, Dr TL told me the Differential White Blood Cell Count was normal. I tried not to be disappointed. It was good that I don’t need to worry about it anymore. Right? I could tell that he was disappointed, too. He was hoping that the test could give me some treatment, so did I…
I hope that the Bond Uni research I’m participating will give us some pathological evidence, and hopefully the evidence will give us treatment in the future. Some of the data from the first blood collection for the research showed that there are some abnormality in my blood, and its test is not commercially available yet.