Thursday, January 17, 2008

Brain surgery cancelled in favor of going home and taking pills!!!!!

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!! Dodged another bullet. Instead of preparing for brain surgery, I'm having Vietnamese food in preparation for being discharged TONIGHT!!!

It turns out that after many doctors did and didn't make contact as efficiently as was desired, neuronsurgeons Dr. Weinberg and his department chair reviewed the MRIs again and decided that the affected ares in John's brain were too small to justify a diagnostic craniotomy. They recommend treating the most suspicious root cause (fungal infection) and then repeat MRI and bone marrow biopsy in a few weeks. If affecte area has enlarged, they may (or may not) recommend the brain surgery.

So Dr. Andersson and infectious disease doctor, Dr. Adachi, conferred and settled on 4 drugs (to cover 2 fungal and 2 other infection possibilities) John needs to take (3 by mouth and the 4th (ambisome) by IV--hopefully handled in Dr. Tucker's office.) Anna's commentary: Let's all send positive energy to these particular drugs as curing the mystery spots.

More later. We are amazed and giddy for this sudden turn of events!

Love, Anna and John


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