Monday, June 30, 2008

Arnie's goin' back in the big house for a week

Arnie’s packing up to go into the hospital for a one-week stay. They have not known the origin of the problem in the GI tract, and something mysterious, which may be Graft vs Host Disease appeared in the lungs during a CT scan this morning. Drs Godley (onc) and Mulane (immunologist) concurred that it’s time to get to the bottom of what’s causing his malaise, fatigue, lack of appetite that has been steadily increasing over the last three weeks. Three weeks ago, we were charting our course to see Zach in his triathlon, today, that seems ludicrous. While they have him sedated for the open lung biopsy, they’ll perform a bone marrow biopsy and within days, or perhaps tomorrow morning, do some GI scoping. What’s up with the lungs may be entirely different from what’s up in the gut. They’ve tried changing medications and waiting and seeing etc, I’m really relieved that this is taking place. I’m hopeful that when they know what to treat, they’ll no doubt know how to treat it. And this gradual decline has been disheartening to say the least. So, in a week, he’ll be better and moving in the right direction again. So, a week of biopalooza, and a whole new deal. More later, Mary Joe