Just a regular blood count I guess. Checked hemoglobin, lymphocytes,etc. The results came in 3 groups with ranges. The last one (I hope) came in today - the path report on my colon. Thankfully, all was fine and unchanged. Whew!
My first symptom with my ulcerative colitis was uncontrollable diarrhea. One time I went over 30 times in one day. Then the blood streaking started (lots) - then the throwing up and fever. When it went up to 103 my niece, an RN, told me I had to go to the ER but at the somewhat funky suburban Chicago hospital she sent me to - my bleeding really began in earnest. They tried several things to get it to stop but it got worse. Then, 4 days after checking in to the hospital they came up with the dx of ulcerative colitis and 'were about to rush me into surgery at 6 AM (NO time to lose!!!) I called my husband and he got me accepted into the University of Chicago hospital with one of the top gastroenterologists in the U.S. if not the world and I left for there via ambulance about 1/2 day latr.
They hated my guts at the suburban hospital as its insulting for someone to check out and go to a different hospital. It was hell itself just to get the paperwork out of them. My niece didn't speak to me for 5 years afterwards.
At the U of C hospital - I was there about a week -and then sent home - colon intact.
That's how important the doctor and the hospital are1 He, the doc, has devised a method for healing the colon and it worked for me and for others. Not to say that when I checked in there in the beginning I wasn't dripping blood all over the bed and the floor and filling up the toilet with it but he (doc) got it to stop by giving me some meds they use to stop organ rejection by transplant patients.
So now its 12 years later and I just got a good colonoscopy report. Happy girl!