Way back in 2002, Chaya Venkat of CLLTopics/Updates fame, kindly provided an Excel workbook template to enable patients to track changes in their blood test results and monitor their health journey with CLL. That workbook was last updated in July 2007. This August 2015 major update supports international use, fixes some charting bugs, includes additional blood tests (including some commonly used predictive tests) along with some wellness checks
The updated workbook is comprised of the following spreadsheets or 'Tabs':
Read_Me – What you are reading now
CBC_CBE – Complete Blood Count or Complete Blood Exam; where you enter your blood count results from your blood tests.
CBC_CBE_Charts – Where your CBC/CBE results are charted and you can observe your trends
Biochemistry_Electrolytes – Where you enter your biochemistry/electrolyte results from your blood tests. You may not have these tested as often as the CBC/CBE.
Immunoglobulins – IgA, IgG, IgM (antibodies). These are likely to be tested far less frequently that your CBC and Biochemistry, depending on your CLL stage
Appointments – Record your medical appointment particulars here
Wellness – A range of checks that you may wish to use to monitor your well being, including weight, BMI, blood pressure
CD Markers – From your Flow Cytometry test on your peripheral blood and/or bone marrow test
There's a wealth of reference information provided in the workbook. Look for the red dots in cells indicating helpful comments.
Changes are detailed in the Workbook Properties, which you can examine via File...Properties and then clicking on the Description tab.
The updated workbook has been provided in Libre/OpenOffice Calc (ODS) and Excel (XLS) formats respectively. With the plethora of Excel versions that have been released since the workbook's original release, it has proven very difficult to support the workbook across all the Excel versions now in use. The LibreOffice (ODS) version is your best choice for support or if you have suggestions for enhancements. OpenOffice should also work fine if you prefer that Office suite. Feedback/suggestions can be provided to this post or via a Private Message to AussieNeil at healthunlocked.com/aussieneil
Where can I get it?
You can download the updated workbook from the bottom of CLL Support's Understanding your bloodresults web page:
Even if you don't use the workbook, you should bookmark this web page, as it provides a great reference to help you understand your blood test results
Alternative Lite version
While this new version is fairly comprehensive, you can use as much or as little of it as you want. If you find it overwhelming, there's a simplified version (also based on Chaya's original) available from the CLL Society here: cllsociety.org/toolbox/keep...
Where can I get Calc
Calc (the excellent free, open source spreadsheet program equivalent of Excel) can be downloaded for Apple, Linux and Windows PCs from:
Thank you everyone that helped me update and test this update. Seymour Brown's efforts were particular appreciated.