Let us start with what you already know before we get to the gross stuff. Ever went tothe lab or took somebody to give a sample of blood? Well, that is diagnostics. The doctor hasordered that sample to test the blood for a number of things. Everything tested has a normalrange [just right], a too low range [not enough], and a too high range [too much]. The doctor hastaken the signs and symptoms you gave him and is now looking at the lab results to see what isin or out of whack [not in normal level]. A blood sample can tell your doctor for example if youhave an STD [sexually transmitted disease]. Now for your MD [meaningful diagnostic] training,you need to look at your sputum [what you cough up from your lungs, not spit from yourmouth]. You need to look at your urine [what comes from your kidney and out of your bladder]and your feces or stool [what comes out of your gastrointestinal tract (GI)]. The excrement orwaste product is from three separate parts of the body: the respiratory, urinary, and GI systems.
In the respiratory system normal sputum should be clear or a pale-whitish color and itis slimy like a lubricant, [some say uncooked oysters look like sputum]. In the urinary system,the norms are a consistent stream, a pale-yellow color, and a mild barely noticeable urine odor.There should be no waiting for urine to come out, no interruptions or dribbles, no got to go rightnow, or cannot go at all. In the GI system, the norms are a soft-formed bulk of stool that expelseasily and the color is medium to dark brown. The odor will be pungent but it should not be sohorrific that it sparks an asthma attack and the odor should diminish with a complimentary flush.There is much to tell but more is rated R; detailed and graphic in Look, the sequel.
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