Key to Normal Blood Counts
I thought I would add this key, so when I talk about my counts, you will know how they compare with typical blood counts. I tend to forget the normal range, and I think and talk about my counts every day, so I figured if I need a reminder, you too would want some sort of reference.
White blood cells (”cells of the immune system defending the body against both infections and foreign materials”, according to Wikipedia): 4.6-10.2
Neutrophils (”the most abundant type of white blood cells in humans and an essential part of the immune system”, Wikipedia): 2.0-6.9
Hemoglobin (”the iron-containing oxygen-transport metalloprotein in the red blood cells of vertebrates”, again, Wikipedia): 12.2-15.0
Hematocrit (”the proportion of blood volume that is occupied by red blood cells”, from, guess where!!!): 37.7-45.0
Platelets (I’m just going to use Julie language for this one. Platelets are what helps your body form clots, so when you have low platelets, it’s very dangerous. Any little bump can leave bad bruising and patechia, when someone with normal platelets wouldn’t be affected): 142,000-424,000