Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Switched Room

They switched Debbie and Brian's room to the sixth floor room 48. That means they are off the oncology floor. So her room phone number will be the same except the last three digits would be her new room number 648. (Don't want to post the phone number on the internet.)

Brian's blood work came back positive for histoplasmosis. I guess they are waiting for another pathology report to verify. I don't really know. But Debbie is saying still it isn't for sure. I guess since histoplasmosis is prevalent in this area that he could test positive for it and still have lymphoma on top of it.

If you want to read up on Histoplasmosis, this site is very informative. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/histoplasmosis/DS00517
Serology. This test examines blood for antigens and antibodies. It's a quick and fairly accurate way of detecting disseminated histoplasmosis as well as chronic or mild cases of the disease. But false-negative results are a problem, especially in people who have compromised immune systems or are infected with other types of fungi. The test can also be positive in people who live in endemic areas and have had past exposure to H. capsulatum, even though their current symptoms may be due to something else.

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