Monday, October 27, 2008
Will's clinic visit today
generally went well, it sounds like (I had to work, so Will's father went with him). Will's PFTs are the same or slightly better than the last visit (1 month ago), which is a surprise given how crummy he has been feeling and because he has been short of breath on exertion. X-ray looked clear and blood work was normal for him (slightly anemic) except for an elevated marker of inflammation. But, it's not that elevated and could mean a lot of things. So they have scheduled him for an echocardiogram; there is some worry about a heart problem arising on its own or as a result of treatment with cardio-toxic chemotherapy medications. In the meantime, start oral and inhaled antibiotics, see if the sputum cultures anything, and hope for the best.