Nov 20, 2013 - 10:53 am
Next Wednesday, I am flying into OKC to have my first scan since surgery, 6 months ago. And by scan, I mean chest x-ray. I also will be having my 2nd bloodwork, that same day. I can only assume the first bloodwork, done at my 6 week post-op visit, was all well and good since I never heard otherwise. In fact, I never heard anything. Which is what has prompted this post. I'm trying to learn from my mistakes.
Being new to this and completely naive and trusting of my doctor, I assumed he'd tell me stuff on an as needed basis. And, that no news is good news. It wasn't until I began reading thru the many different threads on CSN that I started realizing many of you know exactly what your kidney function is. I have no clue what mine is, nor did it occur to me to ask. Months later, I did get copies of my lab report but I could not find my GFR (?) anywhere on it. Is kidney function testing something I have to ask for? It sounds important enough that I shouldn't have to ask but, maybe I do. It begs the question, what else should I know? What knowledge should I gain from my bloodwork, besides my GFR? Maybe nothing. I don't know, so I'm asking you all. I know if TW were here, he'd guide me and advise me.
My goal here is to be better informed going into this appointment than I was the last, in hopes of walking away from the appointment with the confidence that I have done all I can, to be proactive. I will no longer sit quietly and let the chips fall where they may. I will stand up for myself and I will have a voice! GOOOOO MEEEEE!!!