I’ll see your lipids and raise you a PSA

What follows is a rendition of an actual conversation this morning. Numbers have been fabricated to protect the innocent.

Mr. T: “Okay, CBC. What do you got?”

Me, pulling up yesterday’s blood work results: “Ready?”

T, with his numbers: “Ready.”

Me: “White blood cell count… 5.7”

T: “8.4. Ha!”

Me: “Damn. Red blood cell count… 4.26”

T: “5.2. HA!”

Me: “Basophil… 0.”

T: “0.”

Me: “TIE. YESSSS.”

Comparison continues for MCV, MCH, MCHC, RDW, Neutrophils, Lympocytes, Eosinophils, etc. etc. When we move on to the metabolic panel, I pull demonstrably ahead in the areas of Glucose, Creatinine, and Potassium. We tie on BUN. And no, no one in this house knows what those terms actually mean.

T: “BRING OUT YOUR LIPIDS, BITCH.”

Me, wiping laugh tears from my eyes: “Total cholesterol… 192.”

T: “150. I WIN.”

Me: “Triglycerides… 100”

T: “78… I WIN.”

Me: “HDLs… 74.”

T: “55… I WIN.”

Me: “YOU WISH. That’s the good cholestrol. I WIN.”

T: “Well, what’s your PSA then???”

If sitting down and comparing lipid profiles and CBC panel results isn’t middle aged marital bliss, I don’t know what is.

Happy Friday, ya’ll.

xoxo,
Shawna

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