Monday, November 12, 2007

day +83

All continues to look good at this point. Every day that passes is another day forward.

At this morning's check-up, I learned that my blood counts were fine and that there's still no sign of either EBV or the Adenovirus. With regards to last week's CT scan (without contrast) of my lungs, the written report stated "groundglass infiltrate in the right azygoesophageal recess is stable in extent. This may represent a chronic inactive inflammatory process. Other etiologies however cannot be excluded, and periodic follow-up is recommended." Dr. Castro-Malaspina, however, doesn't seem alarmed by the groundglass infiltrate at all. Though I'm naturally interested to learn more about what this means, I try to remind myself that if he was concerned seriously about it he'd let me know. So, I should just take heed and relax. As he told me this morning, if I was coughing or had difficulty breathing then he might be a bit concerned, but I'm fine.

So, I will start to see him every two weeks now, but I still must return to Sloan next Monday for the monthly IVIG and Aerosolized Pentamidine treatments.


Comment Anonymous Erin and Zach said...

You are doing great, Duane! It is such an inspiration to log in every day and see how good you are doing....Almost to day 100....yeah!

10:53 AM  
Comment Blogger Kevin said...

Congrats on the good results Duane!

11:09 AM  
Comment Blogger Duane said...

Thanks guys!!!

4:18 PM  
Comment Blogger Jim Anderson said...

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7:20 PM  
Comment Blogger Jim Anderson said...

Now I know what Adenovirus is, after it being so much in the news these days. It's just the common cold virus! However, according to the news, there is now a mutant strain starting to appear that could be a killer. Everyone, not just xplant survivors, should increase their vigil, wash hands, etc...
Anyway, good thing you are keeping Adenovirus away!

7:22 PM  
Comment Blogger Jim Anderson said...

Also, regarding the groundglass infiltrate on your CT scan. You must have had baseline CT scans performed before your transplant. I am wondering if the glass area showed up on those slides?

4:52 PM  
Comment Blogger Duane said...

Hey Jim,

Yes, you're right. I had a baseline CT before the transplant and it was clear. The purported inflammation is post-transplant related.

5:09 PM  

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