Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Lungs Still OK/Jim Update

V had another lung CT scan and consult with the thoracic surgeon yesterday. He said the lung mass has shrunk measurably in the past 2 weeks. Definitely, he says, not cancer of any kind. Need to repeat the CT scan in 2 months.

The interesting news is that although the CT scan clearly shows the lungs of a long-term smoker, the pulmonary function and blood gases tests for the most part show excellent function. That still doesn't explain, though, why V continues to have trouble breathing. Maybe it's just a chemo side effect thing.

Jim continues, slowly, to improve. Good chance he will go to the transitional facility today. The final diagnosis is alcohol-induced hepatitis (liver inflammation), probably with some cirrohsis thrown in. The GI doc said if the cirrohsis is mild, the liver can regenerate over time. She said that it may take 6 months for Jim to get all the way back.

6 comments:

Annie said...

Via, This is good news! Love, Annie

julie said...

this is very good news V! hope Jim is doing better!

Martha and Alley Cat said...

Great news on the lungs!
Praying for you both, martha and alley cat

cindy said...

Promising news! I'll be thinking of you on Friday and waiting for news. Focus on your connections to LIFE - Jim, friends, cats, gardens, hummingbirds...

Alice said...

So glad we have some good news. I will be saying a prayer for you on Friday and thinking of you all day. I will be checking often for an update. I can't wait for this to be behind you. hugs
Alice

DebandGiz said...

Did you know that star fish can actually regenerate, well, a star point, dearest Venita? It's actually quite fascinating...

Did you know that the liver can regenerate itself much like a star fish can regenerate a star point, dearest Venita? It's actually quite beyond fascinating... It's downright miraculous...

I'm so beyond sorry I went awol for a few days, dearest Venita... Life has a way of, well, being life...

But, hey, I'm back! Just tell me you don't regret my return... Even seemingly gone, held you and Jim so very close...



Giz has most enjoyed her special little window to Lily, Max, and Ennis being reopened... She had so much to say! Speaking of miraculous events, it appears she cashed in another one of her nine lives and is doing miraculously better... Actually called Elena, vet tech extraordinare, to share the good news with her and Dr. Appelstein yesterday... Giz is an ornery, purring miracle...

Keep the faith, dearest Venita! And I promise to do likewise!

Much love and countless hopefule, healing, grateful hugs for the wonder, magic, and strength that is you!
Deb & Giz (I'm back, dear Venita! And you and Jim will be too! Can't you both feel the gentle strength in my tiny little pawpats on your cheeks?!)