Ok, so I'm the girl that was a patient at a cancer center (for those of you that have read that post).
During my last appointment last week, I had blood work done two weeks prior, which is what we were discussing that day. My doctor was mainly testing for auto immune diseases such as platelet antibodies, rhumatoid arthritis, and lupus. It turns out I do have a platelet antibody where my immune system attacks my platelets. No biggie.
However, on my CBC - that looks at white blood cells, red blood cells, platelets, lymphocytes, ect. - my neutrophils were off by 1 point. They were 1 point higher then what they should be, and the neutrophils are a white blood cell.
The day I got the blood work done, my son and husband were sick with the stomach flu, and about 12 hours after getting the blood work done, I woke up with the stomach flu (yay us!).
Anyway, at my doctor appointment, my doctor didn't even want to do a follow up CBC. She said it was one point higher then where it should be, and the rest of my CBC was completely normal.
I even spoke with another doctor online that said I absolutely should NOT be worried about this, and it was more then likely slightly elevated because my body was exposed to an infection - the stomach flu.
However, right now, I can't keep from thinking that this was the beginning of leukemia or something. I haven't googled it yet, and I am trying my hardest not to, because I'm sure it will bring up scary instances, such as leukemia.
How do you fight the temptation to google?