Yesterday Stefano scanned my test results and sent them to me, but I was out and about having fun with my sister and testing my new camera (btw, check out the fog here on Cape Cod yesterday… amazing, huh? …You can barely make out a woman walking her dogs in this photo = Route 6A in Brewster, Massachusetts) so I really didn’t have enough time to sit down and write a proper post. Actually, sis and I have another fun day planned today, too — we’re driving to Provincetown in a couple of hours, e.g. — but I decided I didn’t want to wait until tomorrow to write my test result post, so here goes…
Some of my results were good…others, not-so-good…
Let’s look at the good stuff first:
- ESR (Italian VES): same as it was in February 2014, no change
- C-reactive protein: it’s actually decreased a little bit, from 0.23 to 0.17 mg/dL. Still way within the normal range
- Serum creatinine: slightly down and, again, still way within the normal range
- Creatinine clearance: perfectly within normal range
- Serum iron and ferritin: stable, within normal range
- Glucose: stable, within normal range
- Uric acid: it was over the normal range last time but is now back within the range, which is excellent news
- Cholesterol: down 8 points from last time, which might possibly have something to do with guggulsterone’s anti-cholesterol activity, but who knows?
- Liver function (GGT, ALT, AST): beautifully within the normal range
- Calcium: 8.9 mg/dL, down slightly from 9 mg/dL, so still stable and nicely normal. 😉
- Total protein: slightly down compared to last tests, even though it’s still a bit over the normal range.
- No Bence Jones, as usual…yippeedoodee!
- Total IgG is still high, and in fact I considered putting it in the “not-so-good” list, BUT it continues its downward trend (these results AND my February results), and that’s what’s important to me. IgM and IgA = no change compared to my previous two tests…still low but holding.
- Freelites. My kappa/lambda ratio is a bit down, compared to my previous three tests. Good.
- My m-spike is slightly up compared to my last test. But it’s been higher in the past, so no worries. We’ll see how my next tests turn out. The seesaw effect…I’m used to it by now.
- My red blood cells, hematocrit and hemoglobin have again slipped slightly under the normal range. Just slightly, but…darn it: I see molasses, flaxseed lignans, green veggies and, mostly, red meat in my near future. I can pull these numbers up, so I’m simply sighing a bit at this point.
- Vitamin D is in the normal range but a bit on the low side. I haven’t been taking it consistently, I admit. Time to begin doing that…every day.
Sure, things could have been a lot better, but they could have also been a lot worse. So, all in all, I’m satisfied…And still happily smoldering away, fog or no fog… 😉