The crook of my left arm is filled with holes from the blood tests I’ve had done in the last week.
My weeks used to be punctuated by weekends and working weeks, weekend, week, weekend, week.
Since last September they’ve been punctuated with diets and blood tests. Diet, blood test. Diet, blood test.
I saw the Diabetic Nurse today – it was a suggestion from my GP after last week I discovered that a fasting insulin test after 6 months of dieting, showed my insulin resistance was going in the wrong direction. Huh? But why?
I’m not diabetic, yet. But if I don’t knock it on the head, I will be.
While the nurse was looking at my results she told me that a test that was performed last September came up with a red flag result. The test was a hemoglobin test. No, I don’t exactly know what that means either.
I asked her why a high hemoglobin test could happen. She said: “It might be because you had an infection.”
Now I jumped up and down, sort of.
“Ohmygod,” I said, “but that’s incredible…you see there’s a theory that MECFS is caused by an infection that can’t be found, or the body not being able to switch off it’s immunological response after an infection has been resolved.”
She looked a bit surprised and her mouth sort of hung there for a couple of seconds.
We then talked about other things, like the fact that I am now doing a zero-carb diet that my friend CB told me is Paleo, or Atkins, or some other name I’ve seen on the front page of the Daily Mail.
When I got back home I looked up high hemoglobin on Dr Internet . Dr Internet scared the hell out of me suggesting I’ve got everything from cardiac disease to living in high altitudes…I live on a hill, but it’s not that high.
So I’m putting the question out there.
MECFS specialists, what would ME be doing to my body to cause a high hemoglobin count ?
© Lindy 2015
P.s. more blood tests next week !