Wednesday, August 27, 2008

I'm not who it would seem

The pulmonary specialist (lung doctor) we saw yesterday was perplexed. He said on looking at my CT scan report he fully expected to walk in and see a 50-60 year old person who had smoked for 30 years and had lost 20 pounds in the last two months. But then, there I was. (Never smoked, late 30s, lost about 5 pounds in the last 4 weeks (hey! I can't taste anything anyway!))

He wanted to "think" about my case today and what to do next. The PET scan he felt like was a little premature. It is to look for malignancy and he really felt like we didn't need to go there yet. He did have some ideas about what it could be and he did say that, yes, it could still be pneumonia. If that is the case, probably of the "walking" variety. He was very thorough in his questioning. I think he was hoping for an "aha!" moment when I would say something that completed the puzzle, but that never came.

He is going to take my CT films and sit down with a radiologist and, armed with my full history and exam, talk through the possibilities and how to proceed. I will check with him tomorrow afternoon to see how he thinks we should proceed.

I will have to say that I woke up this morning feeling amazingly better. I am hopeful that God is healing me as I write.

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