Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Surprise appointment

Yesterday I found out that Fiona could see gastroenterology (belly doctor) today, or we would have to wait until June to get in. I was worried that it would be a short appointment, but I was wrong. I really like the doctor we see. He is very thorough. His nurse is in the room taking notes and ordering tests while he tells us what he wants to do.

Today Fi got an xray, they ordered stool and urine tests, and they're scheduling an endoscopy and a colonoscopy. An endoscope is a camera they feed into her belly through her mouth to look at the stomach and large intestine. A colonoscopy is a camera they use to look at the small intestine. They will be looking for abnormalities, and lymph (fluid with white blood cells, protein, and albumin) leakage into her gut. Her xray results are back, and they look normal.

Fiona has been doing pretty well. Her stools are looser than normal this week. TMI? Probably. She also has some belly cramping. Usually that means she has a stomach virus. Her nasal discharge is thick and green. Usually that means she has a sinus infection, but allergy season is pretty bad this year, so it could be that. We'll see.

Here's what I'm thinking... Lymph is a fluid. It contains lymphocytes (t-cells, b cells, and natural killer (nk)) cells. Her b cell, and nk cell levels are normal. If she's leaking lymph, shouldn't all of her lymphocytes be low?

I bought her a bag of m&m's at the hospital gift shop. After she ate them I asked her what she wanted for lunch. "Candy!" was her reply. Then she fell asleep for most of the ride home.

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