This is what they call the sandwich
I went to the doctor today to get my blood tests. I guess everyone is a bit nervous at times like this but my stomach dropped when the doctor called my name then said to me as I walked from the waiting room "just give me a second whilst I get your results from the printer". In my brain I am thinking this can't be good.
We sit down at her desk in the surgery and she says "Ok, I guess the best way to do this is to just go through each result one by one". What?!? Now I am really panicking! Go through them one by one?! How many of them are bad?!
So she starts to work through the list and we go through almost a page of results and they are all fine. My CBC or complete blood count is totally normal all within the healthy range. This is the first slice of bread in the good news bad news good news sandwich.
Now for the bad news meat in the sandwich
The doctor takes a breath and now the real part of the appointment begins:
Cholesterol - 6.8 mmol/L or about 263 mg/dl
Fasting blood glucose - 5.6 mmol/L or about 100 mg/dl
Gamma glutamyl transpeptidase (GGT) - 47 U/L
I was more than a bit shocked. We went through each of the results and the short story is that they are way too high - way above the normal ranges. She went on to say that it was a bit unusual and that normally results like these went with people who were (seriously) obese. So we went through my diet and family history again and nothing really stuck. I eventually offer up that maybe it was alcohol. I'm not a big drinker by any stretch but I have had a one or two every night for about 7 years (children will do that!). She wasn't entirely convinced that drinking at low levels, even consistently, would deliver this kind of result.
Final slice of the good news bad news good news sandwich......kinda
"So the good news" she pronounced, "is that you are young enough to do something about it and given we don't really have enough history to make a decision we don't have to medicate....yet".
Talk about a wake up call. So we agreed that I would come back in six weeks and get retested to see if the alcohol was the culprit. I told you it was only kinda good news!
Anyway, time to get serious.