Posted by Oli on Wednesday 23rd January, 2008
Unlucky everyone, you’ve got me back while Oli is ‘doing time’ on E ward until he gets parole.
As many of you who have been following this blog for a while will know, Oli likes to keep the docs on their toes as his body often finds new and intriguing ways of baffling them. Yesterday after the bronch’ the doc’s talk was swinging away from acute rejection and towards a fungal infection (I’m thinking athlete’s foot but in the lungs). Today the definitive answer is that Oli has Organising Pneumonia. Weirdly it is not as the name suggests, it is not pneumonia. I will try and explain what I understood from the doc but if you would like to read a more clever description please look here, http://www.chestjournal.org/cgi/content/abstract/102/1/2S.
The simple version is…Oli’s got goo on the right lobe of his lungs.
The lucky thing is that treatment is easy and relatively quick. It is also the same treatment that they would have given had it turned out to be a bout of acute rejection, basically hit it with massive amounts of IV steroids over 3 days and then oral steroids for several weeks. There have been murmurs of letting Oli home after the 3 days of IV’s but we’ll see what happens, I don’t want to get anyone’s hopes up, least of all mine and Oli’s!
As a sneaky side note, due to work schedules and other such annoying things it is possible that Oli might not have any visitors on Friday. Now although I’m aware he is all big and growed up and will get through it with no fuss, if you have a spare moment, please drop him a message on here or txt him if you have his number as I know it might make him happy to know people are thinking of him even if no-one can be with him.
Thanks and hugs to you all, K x