The nurse told me that my daughter might need a blood sample taken. What exactly are yall looking for?
Yes, we will be checking her red blood cell count and platelet count!
What exactly are red blood cells and platelets? Why are they so important?
Red blood cells are disk shaped, sacs of hemoglobin, that transport oxygen throughout our body. Platelets are irregularly shaped cell fragments that are needed to help regulate blood clotting!
Wow! Well I hope my daughters blood sample comes out good!
I'm sure everything will turn out well. The average person has 4-6 million red blood cells and 250,000-500,000 platelets. Your daughters physical shows she's in really good health! I wouldn't worry!
We got some tests back ad it seems that some of your white blood cell counts are low. Normally a person should have 40-70% neutrophils, 1-4% eosinophils, 0-1% basophils, 20-45% lymphocytes and 4-8% monocytes.
Oh no! Is that bad? What does this mean?!
White blood cells are essential to the immune system. Neutrophils are active phagocytes that help attack short term infections. Eosinophils help kill parasitic worms and are active during allergy attacks. Basophils contain histomine that help control inflammation, Lymphocytes fight tumors and viruses and produce antibodies and monocytes help fight off chronic infections.
But my son can't have low white blood cell counts! All of those are essential to keep his immune system working effectively!
Indeed they are, but his counts were only slightly below average. I think it would be beneficial to research more into white blood cells to make you feel more comfortable. Neutrophils have are a pale pink and have a purple nucleus, Eosinophils are red with some blue stains, Basophils have a few large purple granules with a U or S shaped nucleus, Lymphocytes have a thin rim and are pale blue, and monocytes are the ones shaped kinda like kidneys and are a blue gray color.
Thank you for differentiating all the different types! I didn't know there were different types of white blood cells! I will definitely look into each of them!