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Title: Going in tommorow...
Post by: Courtenay1826 on January 12, 2007, 06:09:42 AM
For my bone marrow biopsy.  :-\ I have a friend going with me to hold my hand.  Thanks for all your support in my last post whining about this...It helps a lot to know someone out there knows what I'm going thru without having to explain it a million times.  I'll try to hop on tommorow nite to let you know how I'm doing - if not, my mom will happily oblige.  She's such a lurker!


Title: Re: Going in tommorow...
Post by: Andy Battaglia on January 12, 2007, 06:17:17 AM
 :goodluck  Courtenay! I hope the doctors can finally figure out what's going on with your blood.


Title: Re: Going in tommorow...
Post by: Manal on January 12, 2007, 12:16:44 PM
Courtenay, wish you all the luck tomorrow. I will pray for you, please keep us updated.

Take care
Manal


Title: Re: Going in tommorow...
Post by: C3nZ0 on January 12, 2007, 12:49:17 PM
A bone marrow biopsy!!! :(

and I that I complained for one hepatic biopsy ...

good luck  :hugfriend


Title: Re: Going in tommorow...
Post by: Christine Mary on January 12, 2007, 12:55:03 PM
All the best!!!!

I will be thinking of you!  :hugfriend


Title: Re: Going in tommorow...
Post by: §ãJ¡Ð ساجد on January 12, 2007, 02:14:15 PM
Bestwishes and good luck! :goodluck

Take care, Peace!


Title: Re: Going in tommorow...
Post by: riya on January 12, 2007, 02:39:32 PM
Hey!
       BEST OF LUCK! :thumbsup

  Riya


Title: Re: Going in tommorow...
Post by: Bharat on January 12, 2007, 03:47:43 PM
Best Wishes and Good Luck!!.

Bharat


Title: Re: Going in tommorow...
Post by: Sharmin on January 12, 2007, 07:28:10 PM
Best of luck. I hope all goes well.


Title: Re: Going in tommorow...
Post by: Danielle on January 12, 2007, 08:30:33 PM
Good luck, Courtenay!  I wish you the best, and hope that the procedure goes smoothly and quickly for you!   :hugfriend


Title: Re: Going in tommorow...Update!
Post by: Courtenay1826 on January 13, 2007, 01:40:16 AM
I went in, and my blood counts were so good today, Dr. Roman decided not to do the biopsy... :dunno

BUT...now I am seeing the surgeon to have the spleen out by the end of the month, because it is swollen even more on the CT scan, and is affecting my other organs now.  My ovaries, in the last 7 weeks, have created a multitude of cystic structures, both inside and outside, and there's a lot of free fluid around the spleen and my digestive organs.  So, by early next month, I'll be in for surgery.

Thanks for all your support.  Todays appointment has really thrown me for a loop!


Title: Re: Going in tommorow...
Post by: Danielle on January 13, 2007, 01:44:45 AM
Hi Courtenay!  I'm so glad that you don't need to go for the biopsy!  However, I'm sorry that you need your spleen removed.   :hugfriend


Title: Re: Going in tommorow...
Post by: jzd24 on January 13, 2007, 02:30:15 AM
Courtenay, sorry you have to have your spleen out, but I think you will feel so much better. Good luck with everything, we are all thinking of you.  Jean


Title: Re: Going in tommorow...
Post by: Natalia on January 16, 2007, 07:32:06 AM
hi courtenay, sorry abt the spleen, wish u the best, hope all goes well  :flowers take care...


Title: Re: Going in tommorow...
Post by: §ãJ¡Ð ساجد on January 16, 2007, 02:40:08 PM
Hi Courtenay,

Don't let the splenectomy worry you. Nowadays it can be performed with the endoscopy method instead of the traditional surgery. Just relax for a few days and you'll be up and running in no time.

Best wishes, :getwell and :goodluck

Take care, Peace!


Title: Re: Going in tommorow...
Post by: Andy Battaglia on January 16, 2007, 04:22:47 PM
Usually in cases where the spleen is enlarged to this size, it cannot be removed with a laparoscopic splenectomy. We have had several members of our group relate this fact.

There is an excellent article about the spleen and and the different problems that can occur in the spleen and why at http://www.eapsa.org/parents/spleen.cfm

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For children in whom severe rupture of the spleen is suspected or in whom the spleen is massively enlarged, open spleen removal through a long incision underneath the left rib cage or in the midline of the belly may be needed.

Courtenay, have the doctors given any explanation as to why your spleen continues to enlarge?


Title: Re: Going in tommorow...
Post by: Courtenay1826 on January 16, 2007, 05:27:41 PM
Andy-

Dr. Roman suspects that it is killing the faulty RBC's.  It might be an over-reaction to whatever virus I had while in hospital with the thal and Hb crisis, and it just doesn't know how to wind down.  Whatever it is, she says Dr. Sivakumar can tell what it is doing and why by pathology after its removed....Thus not taking the bone marrow, and doing two procedures to find out one cause.  Although, I have to say I was surprised she didn't want to look at the effect of the other Hb disorder on the marrow.   :dunno