Thursday, July 23, 2009

Next Step in the Process

On Thursday, I met with my Pulmonologist. Since my heart is healthy, she sent me to the Pulmonology Lab where I was tested for asthma. The design of the test has the staff attempt to induce an asthma attack. I did not have one, so therefore I don not have asthma.

The next step is a Cardio-Pulmonary Function test which I am scheduled to have in two weeks. This where I am hooked up to every type of monitor known to man and then must pedal an exercise bicycle until my body reaches the point where I am incapable of going any further. Once I reach that point, my doctor will determine whichever organ it was that couldn't keep up with the process. That organ is likely the one causing my extreme fatigue and shortness of breath. Sounds like a real treat doesn't it? Hopefully there will be a diagnosis at the end of this one.

I also met with Dr. Cagir - my surgeon - and I have been approved to begin irrigating. Once the irrigating trains my large intestine, I will eventually be able to go without a pouch and wear something more like a band aid. I am definitely looking forward to that.

1 comment:

  1. Oy! I want them to figure it out and fix it already!!!!

    I can't imagine what it feels like to be in your shoes right now.

    You are in my prayers, Bert.