Hi feelbad! Awwww.
Thanks so much for your kind concern. I'm really ok, sort of. Lotsa things going on right now, but nothing life-threatening at the moment (I think). Thyroid stuff, nutritional deficiency stuff, adrenal fatigue stuff, along with two outstanding biopsy results hanging over my head (with no answer after almost 3 weeks). Other than that, everything's fine. LOL!
I was cruising clinical websites regarding blood tests and the smoking thing came up on several of them. That got me thinking that the smoking might reflect things as being "normal" when they might actually not be if I weren't smoking.
I've had low ferritin for awhile now (it was at 7 the first time it was tested, and then up to 27 2 months ago when it was last tested). With the low ferritin, I was wondering if I actually was anemic and the smoking is raising the RBC, hemoglobin and hematocrit levels to show that I'm not. My levels for these are usually in the lower end of the range (below midrange). On another thread on the anemia board, someone else mentioned that they'd tested "normal" while they smoked, but after they quit smoking their results showed they were anemic. Yet more food for thought.
I haven't had the opportunity to talk to the doc about this. I see him on Monday and will bring it up. Since he's also a holistic MD, I expect to get a stern talking-to about the evils of smoking as well (managed to avoid that particular lecture so far. LOL!). I haven't quit smoking yet (yeah, I know), but I'm seriously getting to that point. Frankly, the mess, smell and cost are all getting to me. The health concern is in there somewhere too.
Since I'm having blood tests done every other month at this point, I was wondering how long it would take before the effects of quitting were seen in a CBC. Can't seem to find the info out there.
Thanks again and take care!