Now, your report may look different, but with a little practice, you'll be reading CBCs like an MD. The first number that you need to enter into your blood counts diary is the number of your white blood cells. Now, some lab reports will report them as "WBC." And the number may have units like 109 per liter, or thousand per mcl, or microliter. But don't worry about that. What you need to enter is the number, which should be between 0 and perhaps a couple of hundred. Remember, the normal range, for someone without CML here, is 3.8 to 10.8.
The next value is your red blood cells, or RBCs. Now here it gets a little easier, because labs, in a very standard way, report this as a hematocrit, or HCT. And the units are always percent, so just enter that number in the appropriate space. This number represents the percent of your blood volume that is occupied by the red blood cells, and the normal value, as shown here, is about 35 to 45 percent.
Related to your hematocrit is another lab value, the hemoglobin. This is the concentration in your blood of the oxygen-carrying protein, hemoglobin. Now some lab rpoerts will report them as HGB, and the units are usually in g/dL or grams per decilater. Here, the normal range is 11.7 to 15.5. In this example, the value for hemoglobin is 13.0. This is the number that you would enter in the CML Medical Monitor.
And to enter your platelet values, the units are just as the same as for the white blood cells. But the numbers are usually about 100 times higher, somewhere between 140 and 400. Here the value is 46, and it's reported as being out of range, or low. So this low platelet value would be something that you and your doctor would keep an eye on. Check one last time to be sure the information is correct, then click on "Submit."