Low Red Blood Count
This is in response to my question (2 months ago, I think) about what to do when I'm FREEZING all the time even at 78 degrees. Some of you mentioned I could be anemic. I thought this had to do with your iron? I ask because I went and volunteered at a blood analysis so that I could get my blood screened for free (this is a great poor skill even if you HAVE insurance. WITH my insurance, I'd have to pay FULL price until I met the deductible - so hundreds of dollars - even if I wouldn't have volunteered at the hospital on this blood screening day - it would have only been $40 for a 38 point test), and was looking to see if my iron would show up as low. It did NOT. It was in the range, low end, but still in the range. However, I did some googling about some of the things I WAS low on: Albumin (range is 3.5-4.8): 3.4 Albumin/Globulin Ratio (range is 1.00 - 2.40):.97 Red Blood Count (range is 4.00-5.20): 3.73 Hemoglobin (range is 12.0-16.0): 11.1 Hematocrit (range is 37-47): 32.7 I'm not THAT low on anything, but when I googled, it says my red blood count is low due to anemia. I know to treat this in the past, I've gotten a cheap iron pill (and can certainly do this again). I'm setting aside the tests for my doctor (but won't be able to go in to see her for a while - BUT she's pretty cool, so I may call in my results and just run them past her), but wondered if anyone in here knew what I could do for these ranges (on the cheap - without prescriptions and specialists, etc etc). I think it's ok - it's not that low, but it's good to keep a check on things. And I'm going to volunteer again in October, and do this twice a year so I can monitor the test. Like I said - this could be a great poor skill if you have a participating hospital in your area (I'm in Wheeling, WV - I went to Weirton Medical).