Just curious...

Today I went for my three month after surgery labwork and chest xray. My surgery was back in August... radical nephrectomy...right kidney... got it all... good report.

My curiosity is stirred and maybe some of more experienced people on the site can fill me in. I go to the doctor on Monday for test results. I'm just curious... I figure the chest xray is to make sure there is nothing in my lungs, but I'm wondering what the doctor will be looking for in the labwork.

Thanks in advance. Have a great day!

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  • Texas_wedge
    Texas_wedge Member Posts: 2,798
    Investigation
    It seems a little surprising that you're not having a follow-up CT scan. Presumably one thing they'll be wanting to do is ensure your remaining kidney is doing the necessary and that no further treatment is indicated at this time.
  • donna_lee
    donna_lee Member Posts: 1,041 Member

    Investigation
    It seems a little surprising that you're not having a follow-up CT scan. Presumably one thing they'll be wanting to do is ensure your remaining kidney is doing the necessary and that no further treatment is indicated at this time.

    A short-n-sweet answer
    My goodness Tex, you're an attorney. I've never seen you be so short winded. Hope you're felling well.
    Re the labs-there should be CBC Complete Blood Count, which covers white and red cells, by type and percentage. Post surgery, you may be down a bit in reds. Most lab results will have a listing of what is the standard for your age/sex, what your previous test(s) showed and if yours are high or low for now.
    Then a Complete Metabolic Panel (CMP) checking your liver function, filtering capacity and function of the remaining kidney, and various other organs.

    Search for a site that lists "Lab Results" "Interpreting" or a combination of those words and it should give you a complete listing. Print off or save to your hard drive for reference.

    ALWAYS ask for a printed copy to take home with you. The Dr. or nurse should go over it with you and point out anything that you might do/or change to improve things. i.e. anemia-eat more red meat or protein. If they don't, then ask.

    Hope all turns out OK.
    Donna
  • Texas_wedge
    Texas_wedge Member Posts: 2,798
    donna_lee said:

    A short-n-sweet answer
    My goodness Tex, you're an attorney. I've never seen you be so short winded. Hope you're felling well.
    Re the labs-there should be CBC Complete Blood Count, which covers white and red cells, by type and percentage. Post surgery, you may be down a bit in reds. Most lab results will have a listing of what is the standard for your age/sex, what your previous test(s) showed and if yours are high or low for now.
    Then a Complete Metabolic Panel (CMP) checking your liver function, filtering capacity and function of the remaining kidney, and various other organs.

    Search for a site that lists "Lab Results" "Interpreting" or a combination of those words and it should give you a complete listing. Print off or save to your hard drive for reference.

    ALWAYS ask for a printed copy to take home with you. The Dr. or nurse should go over it with you and point out anything that you might do/or change to improve things. i.e. anemia-eat more red meat or protein. If they don't, then ask.

    Hope all turns out OK.
    Donna

    Brevity
    C'mon Donna - you know how terse I am - message to Joe today, 3 words!
  • adman
    adman Member Posts: 336
    donna_lee said:

    A short-n-sweet answer
    My goodness Tex, you're an attorney. I've never seen you be so short winded. Hope you're felling well.
    Re the labs-there should be CBC Complete Blood Count, which covers white and red cells, by type and percentage. Post surgery, you may be down a bit in reds. Most lab results will have a listing of what is the standard for your age/sex, what your previous test(s) showed and if yours are high or low for now.
    Then a Complete Metabolic Panel (CMP) checking your liver function, filtering capacity and function of the remaining kidney, and various other organs.

    Search for a site that lists "Lab Results" "Interpreting" or a combination of those words and it should give you a complete listing. Print off or save to your hard drive for reference.

    ALWAYS ask for a printed copy to take home with you. The Dr. or nurse should go over it with you and point out anything that you might do/or change to improve things. i.e. anemia-eat more red meat or protein. If they don't, then ask.

    Hope all turns out OK.
    Donna

    Please....

    They call them Barrister's in Great Britain :)
  • Texas_wedge
    Texas_wedge Member Posts: 2,798
    adman said:

    Please....

    They call them Barrister's in Great Britain :)

    Lawyers
    Actually, Michael, only a handful are called barristers. I was actually a Scottish solicitor (although in different circumstances I might have been an English barrister).

    Also, in Scotland, barristers are called advocates, and now, a newish breed of solicitors with a right of hearing in the Court of Session, are called 'solicitor-advocates'.
  • MedScanMan
    MedScanMan Member Posts: 107

    Lawyers
    Actually, Michael, only a handful are called barristers. I was actually a Scottish solicitor (although in different circumstances I might have been an English barrister).

    Also, in Scotland, barristers are called advocates, and now, a newish breed of solicitors with a right of hearing in the Court of Session, are called 'solicitor-advocates'.

    Brit Lawyers
    Love those little wigs...............
  • garym
    garym Member Posts: 1,647

    Lawyers
    Actually, Michael, only a handful are called barristers. I was actually a Scottish solicitor (although in different circumstances I might have been an English barrister).

    Also, in Scotland, barristers are called advocates, and now, a newish breed of solicitors with a right of hearing in the Court of Session, are called 'solicitor-advocates'.

    Tsk, tsk...
    You'd get arrested for solicitation over here...
  • donna_lee
    donna_lee Member Posts: 1,041 Member
    garym said:

    Tsk, tsk...
    You'd get arrested for solicitation over here...

    It's all in the name...
    The barrister walks up to the bar,and the solicitor sidles over. On this side of the pond,that could be the start of a crude joke. But let's not go there. We want Tex to be proud of his occupation.
    Donna