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Pneumonia

Posted Jul 14 2013 3:01pm
I'm without my computer, so this will be short. Dr. K. admitted me to the hospital Wednesday after my clinic visit. It was in order to expedite the tests I needed done on my lungs. I'm really lucky that she persuaded me to do it when I balked.

I'm experiencing a resurgence of lung GvHD which is manifesting as bronchial obliterans organizing pneumonia. The pulmonary specialist who scoped my lungs also did a lung wash and found 3 distinct strains of bacteria that didn't belong. They're trying to grow the cultures in order to identify the strains. This means I also have bacterial pneumonia. I cannot recommend it.

I'm getting lots of antibiotics and steroids to treat this. I'm also getting supplemental oxygen because I can't maintain a normal level of oxygen saturation. Breathing treatments started a few days ago and seem to be helping. I can't say when I'll be released from the hospital, but I can say the rounding physicians feel that the prognosis is good.

I'll feel much better when I finally manage to walk to the bathroom, 6 ft away, and back without wanting to pass out.
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