on discovering that my immune system sucks
I wound up in the ER again this weekend, but this time it was mostly because my symptoms were making me paranoid about pneumonia and not because I was in immediate danger of dying. But...my white blood cell count isn't up?? AKA MY BODY ISN'T RECOGNIZING THAT I'M SICK??
Guys, time for a quick immuno lesson. In the event of an infection, your white blood cells (your B cells and T cells) are the things that come to the rescue after a couple of days. They multiply and kill nasty invaders, and then they return to normal when you're healthy again.
#things ER nurses won't care about but you should follow up with your regular doctor on
ALSO, lessons to future medical professionals from a former pre-med who worked in a clinic and learned phlebotomy:
1. When drawing blood, you should never leave a needle in a patient while you're turning to do something else. You should also not dig around for a vein for several minutes until said patient passes out.
2. Don't squeeze the bag of fluid into the IV. It causes burst capillaries and is freaking painful for the patient.