September 17, 2008
I'm seeing an increasing trend in the use of LFC used by people. Latest example can this morning and was used by the medical profession. My doctor typically asks that I do for a blood test every 6 to 12 months. So when my turn can up, I was pleasantly surprised to be asked certain specific questions. This time my doctor included a double blood test (you give blood, have a sweet orange flavoured drink, wait an hour and give again) and a stool sample test (which I'll explain later, but, which I'm sure we've all had done in the past).
The instructions I received after drinking about 4 oz of liquid was to not exert myself (sit, remain calm), not to drink anything else and not to eat as well. Simple logical information, but the fact that patients are being made aware of simple things means that someone is trying to fix problems before they happen (like the use of flow charts when solving problems or doing programming).
Now for the stool test, there are not only instructions on how to obtain the sample (very straight forward), but instructions on what one can and should not eat starting 4 days before taking the test (at home), for best results. Believe I took this stool test several years ago, but not with so much information.
The reason I decided to post this, is that while I was waiting that hour between the blood tests, I did so in my vehicle and observed peculiar events. Several people came out of the clinic, went to their cars and drank from water bottles before re-entering. One person eat two sandwiches and returned. I'm aware one must fast at least 12 hours prior to a blood test (not all), but once your have your test, why hang around to eat and wait. This made no sense what so ever, Mindblower!
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