So today’s the day. I’m going to the blood draw office today after work. From all that he’s marked, it looks like they’ll be taking about 1/2 of the blood out of my body. So, I should be fine to drive home after that…um, right. This morning I bought a bagel and orange juice to have afterwords, just in case.
I’ve made a copy of the test order so I can have a record of what they checked. Also the MFM said he’d give me a copy of all of the results. I really love this guy, wish he could be my full time doc! I’m actually going to try to get all of my gynecologist records faxed to me so I have stuff to show the new person (when I find a new person…).
I’m going to use this post more for information for myself…I’m going to list the tests and using Dr. Google and WebMd, try to figure out what it all is and what it’ll mean if the tests come back positive for anything (the link on the test will give the website where I go the info, as well as provide further information). So here’s we go!
- TSH – The TSH test is often the test of choice for evaluating thyroid function and/or symptoms of hyper- or hypothyroidism.
- T-4 (Thyroxine), free – This helps the doctor to determine whether the thyroid hormone feedback system is functioning as it should, and the results of the tests help to distinguish between different causes of hyper- and hypothyroidism.
- ANA w/ refl – The ANA test is ordered to help screen for autoimmune disorders and is most often used as one of the tests to diagnose systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).
- Cardiolipin scr/rflx – Tests for IgG and IgM cardiolipin antibodies are frequently ordered to help determine the cause of an unexplained thrombotic episode, recurrent miscarriage, or thrombocytopenia.
- Chromosome Study
- Factor V (leiden) – Factor V Leiden mutation and prothrombin 20210 mutation tests are ordered, along with other tests related to thrombophilia, to help diagnose the cause for venous thromboembolism (VTE). They may be ordered when a patient has a personal or family history of recurrent VTE, a first VTE related to oral contraceptive use, pregnancy or hormone replacement therapy, or when they are experiencing unexplained miscarriages.
- Glucose, fasting – The blood glucose test is ordered to measure the amount of glucose in the blood right at the time of sample collection. It is used to detect both hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia, to help diagnose diabetes.
- Lupus Anticoagulant – Lupus anticoagulant testing is used to help determine the cause of an unexplained thrombosis, recurrent fetal loss, or a prolonged PTT test. It is ordered to help determine whether a prolonged PTT is due to a specific inhibitor (an antibody against a specific coagulation factor) or to a nonspecific inhibitor like the lupus anticoagulant.
- MTHFR, DNA mutation – It is involved in the pathogenesis of neural tube defects, stillbirths, and recurrent pregnancy loss. The leading cause of hyperhomocysteinemia is folate deficiency.
- Protein S antigen
- Sjogren’s antibody – Sjögren’s syndrome is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s immune system mistakenly reacts to the tissue in glands that produce moisture such as tear and salivary glands.
- Thyroid peroxid – Thyroid antibody testing is primarily ordered to help diagnose an autoimmune thyroid disease and to separate it from other forms of thyroiditis.
- Prothrombin Gene
- Profs – not sure what this is, maybe I’m not reading his handwriting correctly…
DAMN IT DAMN IT DAMN IT!!! As I was typing out the list I saw “Glucose, fasting”. Damn it!! Just remembered I wasn’t supposed to eat today. DAMN IT!!! Guess I’ll pushing these tests until tomorrow. So angry with myself right now! Grrr, Argh!