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Anybody get this test result from a health screening?

Discussion in 'Fish Taxidermy' started by Cecil, Nov 28, 2017.

  1. Cecil

    Cecil Well-Known Member

    First of all not looking for advice as I will see my doctor about it. However since we all airbrush paint on a regular basis, wanted to see if anyone else has had this test result and it could be a result of lung damage from not always protecting my lungs when airbrush painting. Everything looked good with my blood tests but my hemoglobin levels are high, which can mean the bone marrow is compensating for low oxygen by producing more red blood cells. Or heart issues or cancer.

    Anyway hemoglobin is 15.7. Normal is 11.6 to 14.8.

    I have two paint booths I run but just can't wear a respirator all day as I feel like I'm suffocating in it. Yes I know dumb but that's the way it is. I try to paint close to the booths and the one I use for clear coats immediately sucks the overspray out and I am make sure I'm on the upwind side. It's so powerful you can't hear yourself when it's on.

    So anybody have a higher than normal hemoglobin test result?

    They also had trouble getting my blood pressure but my blood pressure is good as I am on blood pressure meds.
  2. Maybe you can look at people who work in body shops. I have some friends will silicosis. But we know where we picked this crap up. Iraq Afghanicrack and Somalia. One person went to England and had his right lung lavaged. He is due to go back in 6 weeks for the other lung but reports great success.

    How are your liver levels and peptides?

  3. fishmaster

    fishmaster Well-Known Member

    Cecil, about ten years ago I picked up a forced air respirator by Breathe-cool. It is a unit with a respirator mask (no charcoal filters) , 50' of hose and the forced air unit that pushes fresh air thru the hose and to your respirator. It's pulls the air from the other end of the building.
    I don't use it while running the airbrush but I do use it anytime I use the bigger spray gun on large saltwater fish or always when spraying automotive urethane gloss.
    I do have a good high volume exhaust fan that I work in front of with the airbrush. I make sure my head is on the upwind side. It pulls the heat out of the shop in the winter but I have radiant heat with hot water pumped thru pipes in the concrete and that certainly helps. I've found that using a radiant heat lamp pointed towards me does a much better job of keeping me warm than any other type of ceramic heater etc.
    In short, no way of knowing if your test results have anything to do with breathing paint fumes. All you can do is work as safely as possible and hope for the best. Our entire yearly exposure to paints is probably less that someone painting one car in his garage.
  4. Cecil

    Cecil Well-Known Member

    All other tests normal. Thanks for asking.
  5. Cecil

    Cecil Well-Known Member

    Thanks Frank. I'll check into it.
  6. Richard C

    Richard C Well-Known Member

    I don't want to worry you but all test's can't be normal as you are still a Liberal Democrat !
  7. Cecil

    Cecil Well-Known Member

    Whatever Richard. ::) ;D
  8. FishArt

    FishArt Well-Known Member

    Your doctor should have advised you to set up a screening for anemia and further blood work. Last time I was checked my numbers were fine. But I have had a couple of anomolies show up with past blood work and found out that one blood test does not a study make. Things like diet and stress, etc. can affect your numbers. One question - did you smoke cigarettes in years past? Smoke cigs for 10 years at some point in your life and IMO that would have a much bigger impact on your elevated numbers than a lack of respirator. I wouldn't worry about it but getting a follow up and second doc to look at things can't hurt as you mentioned...
  9. Cecil

    Cecil Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the response Marty. Haven't actually see the doc yet No, never touched cigarettes but both of my parents were smokers until they quit so I suppose I got passive cigarette smoke. But that was at least 40 years ago.
  10. DocCole

    DocCole New Member

    The reference range of tests are where 80% of normal people will fall into. It’s not abnormal at all to have results slightly outside the reference range. Typically a high hemoglobin is found because there are symptoms of something else going on and a doctor will go looking to verify an issue. My gut tells me that your doctor found this as an incidental finding and that things will turn out to be normal. But definitely follow up with your doc and take some precautions.
  11. Cecil

    Cecil Well-Known Member

    Thanks Doc. Will see the doctor on Monday. (One of the criticisms of the Canadian system is you can't get in right away but we have that here too).

    For the record it was just a routine healthy screening I do once a year that is sponsored by my insurance and clinic.
  12. torka

    torka Member

    To add to fishmasters reply... they also make a hood that you wear over your head with the same type of pumped in air system. We used to wear them 8-12 hours a day when i sprayed the clear coat on Calaway golf clubs. Were very comfortable and weighed very little.
  13. Cecil

    Cecil Well-Known Member


    Thanks I saw that. Not cheap but interesting. However I am now forcing myself to wear my respirator and it's starting to be a habit.

    Turns out my hemoglobin levels are within the normal parameters. For some reason they were flagged in error on the results. My cholesterol is also very good as is my blood pressure both thanks to medication. Everything is very good especially for a 60 year old. I just need to spend more time on the threadmill and drop a few pounds.

    Thanks for all the helpful responses and here's wishing you all a healthy year ahead!