To be or not to be. Discouraged that is. In July 2014 I had great labs. My cholesterol was great for the first time since I made significant dietary changes. Then in October of 2014 it was inexplicably high without me changing anything. I was so frustrated. Then last month I was expecting another cholesterol test and couldn't wait to learn the results. As it turns out, my doctor didn't order the test! So I wait another 3 months. Yesterday, I received a letter from the lab that did my test in October. The letter stated that the lab "did not satisfy all the CLIA required standards for quality assurance testing." Wonderful. All this time I believed that I somehow regressed on my cholesterol control when it fact, that may not be the case. I am discouraged in that I don't know how I am doing. I am encouraged by the possibility that my cholesterol may not have been as bad as the test results stated but I am discouraged by the possibility of inaccurate results from the past and possibly future tests.
The letter also stated that if I feel I need to be retested I should discuss it with my doctor and the lab will perform the same tests originally ordered free of charge. Part of me wants to do it and part of me wants to not be bothered. How far off could the results be? After all this time, what does it matter? I will be tested in 3 months anyway. So frustrating to not be able to trust lab results.
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