change word data type to either int or string?

I’m getting a word data type (high byte,Low byte) from my ultrasonic sensor. I’d like to change that to a character string to send serially to my lcd. any thoughts? Right now what’s displayed is the ASCII character of the Number of Inches. ie. I for 73.

Why not use itoa() once you receive the word?

int dist=(high<<8)|low;
lcd.print(dist);