April 12, 2011

Weekly Confessional - Debbie Downer Series

Note: DO NOT GOOGLE LOW WHITE BLOOD CELLS (or any other blood test result until you have all of the facts ma'am)
 
Yesterday Tyrone got his blood test results back from the doctor. They said everything was fine but that he had a very low white blood cell count and that they would like him to come back in on Friday.
 
FRIDAY!! Don't these people know that Google is out there for hypercondriacs and worry warts alike to further their obsessive compulsion of making their ulcers worse? "Wait a week. It's not a big deal." They either don't understand this or don't care what kind of an effect this may have on their patients when they give them a test result like that. So, of course the first thing I did when I received the fatal text message from Tyrone was Google it. After doing so I sort of sat in my car and then decided to respond carefully. I can only imagine what was going through his mind. Frightening words like CANCER, LEUKEMIA, HIV (umm, not too worried about this one), and CONGENITAL DISORDERS pop up.
 
Fuck.
 
On the less traumatic side but still not-so-fun side it could be a hyperthyroid or more commonly anemia, which is apparently more common in African Americans (according to Tyrone's chiropractor).
 
In the meantime I am going to stay away from Google as if it's gonorrhea.
 

3 comments:

Janet Bocciardi said...

That's just cruel! I'd switch doctors. If they couldn't see him til Friday, all they had to do was say they wanted a follow-up to go over to test results... Then you'd have nothing to look up.

I google every diagnosis my family or friends get. Can't help myself!

Anika said...

Yeah, I know what you mean! It's nice to know info but it can get outta hand. I learned way more than I ever thought I would about blood with my dad... there are so many variables and possibilities. At least stay away until Friday. Hoping all goes well.

Kristen said...

Sucks! I had that happen once. A doctor sent me a letter (yeah, a fucking letter that got to me 2 weeks after my pap smear) saying they found some abnormal cells that, "could be the beginning of cervical cancer." (yes, that is almost word-for-word from the letter) You should make an appointment to see an OBGYN. Better yet? It arrived 2 days before Christmas. Let's just say that I changed my doctor after my OBGYN appointment.

I hope everything is okay! Love and healthy thoughts!!!!