Thursday, May 19, 2011

ENT Visit (Forever-Cough)

OK. Here's the story so far. I had some allergy-related coughing and sneezing back at the end of March. At my nephrologist appointment, the doctor prescribed me a Z-Pak (this was early April). I took that for five days, but it did not really help. Then, I called them a few weeks later, and they prescribed me some Avelox (for ten days). That helped, some, but I still did not stop coughing. So, I called the kidney doctor a third time, and they advised that I go and visit my ENT.

I saw the ENT on Wednesday morning. He took a look down my throat, and he saw that I have a growth on my vocal folds (also called vocal cords). He said that it is probably benign, but that it is causing my vocal cords to not be able to fully come together, which allows air to aspirate and can be a big problem with my cough and allergies. He wants me to come back in the middle of June for surgery to have the growth removed.

This Friday (tomorrow), I will have a CT done on my head to check my sinus cavities. The doctor thinks that I probably have a lot of blockage up there, again. If I do, he wants to go and flush them out, again, like we did back in 2008.

So, I am going to have a head CT on Friday, and then I will check with the doctor next week to find out what they see. I'll let you guys know what I find out later. I'm guessing that I will have to have my sinus cavity washed out again.

So, the doctor said it is probably a benign growth. I have a head CT on Friday. I will have surgery in the middle of June.

Enjoy your weeks!

Sunday, May 08, 2011

Nephrologist Update: April 7, 2011

OK - so I'm back again, this weekend, trying to catch up on my blog posting. As you can see, I'm still posting one month in arrears. (I admit, I phrased that last sentence just to use the word "arrears").

I went to see my nephrologist back on April 7 for my normal quarterly appointment. They confirmed that my work-up from January all looked fine. For those who do not remember, I had my annual Glofil appointment back in January. The doctor was concerned that the test results were much lower than they should have been. They had me turn in a 24-hour urine collection just to double-check the results. As it turns out, I am in the upper 70's (I don't recall the exact number). This is a little lower than the 80.2 that I got last year. They did not seem concerned about the lower number. Being in the 70's is probably still pretty good for a post-transplant patient. And, we will see how well I do next January.

Unfortunately, the clinic was having their computer system updated the week that I was there. That means, they were not able to get me my blood work results for that session. I have been feeling pretty good, so I am not concerned about not having results.

My only negative this appointment was a persistent cough. I started coughing about a week before my appointment. The doctor gave me a Z-Pack. I took it for five days, but it didn't seem to do much for me.

If we fast-forward to the present, I am still coughing (May 8). I called the doctor again this week, and I got a 10-day prescription for Avelox. I am also scheduled to see an ENT on May 18. I'm hooping that he will have some kind of suggestion to help. That, or maybe the Avelox will be working by then and I won't need anything. We shall see!

That's all for this week. If I do my job right, then I should post again after the May 18 appointment. That will get me completely up to date. And, I should be better by then (if everything works right).

See you later!

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Cardiologist Update: April 5, 2011

I had my most recent cardiology appointment back on April 5, 2011. I last saw the doctor about six months ago. I will help you catch up, in case you have forgotten (or not been reading).

I have a mitral valve prolapse. I have been followed by a cardiologist since I moved to the Dallas area back in 2001. The doctor has been following me every six months for a while. When she retired, I got a new doctor. He looked at my echocardiogram and had me come in after three months. But, based on those two scans, he had me come back in six months. There had been a fear that my heart was getting worse, but it turns out, it was not a problem.

So, we are now caught up to April 5. I had my twice a year echocardiogram. The doctor took a look, and he was very pleased. My last three scans all looked exactly the same (the two three months apart and the one in April). So, he was very pleased. He decided that I do not have to be back for another year.

So, it seems that all is well, in terms of my mitral valve prolapse. I have not gotten any worse in the past year, and the cardiologist does not want to see me for another year. It has been my experience, so far, that the doctor NOT wanting to see me is a good thing.

So, you should not hear another heart update from me for at least a year. That will be great! As long as there are not any future problems, then I won't have to go back to see him. I did go and see my nephrologist on April 7. My next post will be about that.

See you next time!