I have regular appointments with nurses and doctors due to a long term but not serious health condition. It's often a new doctor or nurse I see each time so I have to try to judge how best to communicate with each new person.
I'm not a doctor myself, but a data analyst and I've been involved in several research studies and helped to publish two peer reviewed papers on the topic of neutrophil counts. I have a very good understanding of neutrophil counts and other blood test results.
At these appointments I always ask what my neutrophil count was and sometimes other results. Obviously since I've been involved in such thorough research of this topic in the past, I have an immense interest in knowing what my own neutrophil count is, even if it's normal, I just want to know what's going on in my body. It's not really that I'm worried about it, or that I don't trust the doctors, I'm just basically a geek and the value matters to me.
The question is usually just brushed off with a response like "Don't worry it was normal", if I press further and ask "please tell me the number" it may be brushed off again or come across as rude. I've also been told "We don't usually tell people that because only a doctor would understand it".
One method might be to say: "I've worked on several research studies on neutrophil counts, so it's okay, you can tell me the number" But that may come across as immodest and patronising.
How can I ask to just tell me the number without seeming forceful or rude? I don't know if it helps to bring up my past experience or even if there's a way of doing so without seeming immodest or arrogant.
A note on legality or regulations, it's perfectly legal in my country to tell a patient the full details of their blood test results. The hesitation isn't due to regulations.