16 February 2009

Monday Medical Update

Good news and not so good news. While I would have liked to have seen it keep moving up, maintaining is not uncommon to see.

First the neutrophils maintained at 0.17


Red counts and and platelets are both down. I'll be getting red cells today, but don't know about why no whites.

The not so good news. I'm still having a very hard time breathing and keeping my oxygen levels up. The Breathing Treatment Centre came over and assessed me. They determined I need to be on oxygen when ever I'm in the room

Last night they took me to have a CAT scan. You lay down flat and they put you in this machine that looks like some out of the future appliance. My infectious disease doctor says a lung doctor is going to come see me in the morning, put me quasi to sleep (such that I don't remember anyway), take a sample, wash out my lung, etc.

...Lung doctor came while I was typing. I felt comfortable with him. They will do the procedure (bronchoscopy) at 10:00 in the morning and I will have to get platelets beforehand. He says the best thing to happen would be for him to find nothing. I have improved since getting here and it could be it is just taking a while for the meds to completely knock it out. Please think positively with lots of good healing thoughts. All this is somewhat worrisome.
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Mary said...

Becky, sending continued prayers your way. Maybe the red blood cells you're getting today will help your breathing. I hope you see some improvement soon!!

Anonymous said...

I had a bronchoscopy when I had my mysterious lung illness. I was awake the entire time and it was an interesting adventure being awake.

I hope all goes well for you tomorrow.

Joanie said...

Hi Becky,
I had a bronchoscopy when I had a lung infection. My breathing was not good, so they put me on prednisone and I did really well! I'll be praying for you tomorrow during your test. The docs will figure it out and fix it!!! xoxo Joanie

Hilary said...


Happy to read that the visualizing is working. Will continue to visualize neutophils multiplying and blood counts increasing, not to mention only normal tissue in your lungs. I had a bad form of bacterial pneumonia in 2004......had a bronchoscopy and was in the hospital more than a month. There were times I had a mask on for oxygen, not the nose kind. You will get well.......keep fighting!

Linda said...

Becky....sending billions of healing thoughts and prayers your way today and always...I am so sorry you have to go through this....
Be strong girl...you already are!
L ~xoxox

Maryann said...


My prayers are with you.

Stay positive. All will be well.



Kelly said...

thinking of you.

Mari at Once Upon a Plate said...

Sweet Becky,

Positive healing thoughts and prayers are streaming your way.

I feel greatful that you have such a good, strong attitude, and a great medical team working with you on this.

Lifting you up with strong, positive healing thoughts and prayers.

Joanie said...

Worried about you dear, and can't wait to hear from you soon. YOu must be tired from yesterday's procedure.
Praying for good result's and that soon you can go home and back to creating wonderful dishes in your kitchen. xoxo Joanie

Joanie said...

Hi Becky,
Just checking in on you, my friend. Wish I was right there with a warm bowl of soup or some tea to offer you right now. Thinking of you and praying for your recovery. I'm nervous from not hearing from you yet, I hope you are feeling okay.

hugs, Joanie