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Blood Tests
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     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   4.05

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     challenging words:    creatinine, Hutton, retake, chloride, nitrogen, bicarbonate, abnormal, electrical, vague, intake, maintain, screening, meantime, glucose, fluid, acid
     content words:    I'm Terry, So Terry


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Blood Tests
By Jennifer Kenny
  

1     Gene's grandfather had not been feeling very well. He went to the doctor with some vague symptoms. After looking him over, the doctor decided to send him for some basic blood tests.
 
2     "Let's just check some things out to make sure your levels are all in balance. We'll run a few other tests while we're at it, Mr. Hutton," Dr. Craig said. "Here's the name of the lab you can use."
 
3     Since Gene's grandfather promised to pick up Gene at his bus stop, he did that first. Grandpa turned to Gene and said, "Will you come with me to the lab? The doctor wants me to have some blood work done."
 
4     "Sure," Gene said. "What's wrong?"
 
5     "I haven't been feeling quite myself lately," Grandpa said. "The doctor just wants to check some things out."
 
6     "OK, let's go," Gene said.
 
7     When Grandpa and Gene arrived at the lab, the receptionist had Grandpa fill out some forms. She took a look at the doctor's prescriptions for the tests. "OK, your doctor has ordered some blood tests for you, Mr. Hutton. Follow me, please."
 
8     So Grandpa and Gene went into a small room. A phlebotomist came in to take the blood for the tests. "Hello, Mr. Hutton. I'm Terry. I see we'll be checking out the level of your electrolytes today and a few other substances."
 
9     "What are electrolytes?" Gene asked.

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