Posted tagged ‘cytomegalovirus’

Chopped Liver – When The Healing Has Begun

March 18, 2011

My chest feels tight. Last night it was painful – I even had to resort to taking Paracetamol – the first painkillers I have taken for weeks – but I was really struggling. It gave me a good night’s sleep.

I guess this is the healing process kicking in. I’ve had my wound checked out – the hideous-looking sharkbite-esque scar is apparently looking very good. But it feels tight.

I am also getting short sharp back spasms whenever I lie down – captivating throbbing pain for about a minute before it subsides. My diagnosis for that is – too long spent lying or sitting around during the hospital weeks – I dunno why these doctors bother going to school – I can diagnose just like that.

Of course I may be wrong.

The good news is that the antibiotics I am taking for the CMV virus I was diagnosed with last week are working. The virus is now well under control and following a good blood result next Tuesday I should be able to stop taking those pills.

That leaves the plan to enable me to undergo a rescheduled ERCP to remove my bile-bag – this will involve stopping Warfarin and replacing it with Heparin – by injection.

I am making good progress. It’s just that sometimes I feel that when I take two steps forward – I stumble one step back – but the net result is still forward. So that’s all good.

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Chopped Liver – I Got You Babe

March 10, 2011

If you’ve been following me for a bit you may remember I raised the possibility of me picking up CMV(Cytomegalovirus) following my transplant. I was given an 80% chance of getting it on account of the fact that I had never had it before BUT my donor, and therefore my liver, has had it.

This means that the virus has been introduced into my body and could have lain dormant – were it not for the fact that my immunity to infection is very low due to the high dosage of anti-rejection immuno-suppressant drugs I am taking – with me?

So, the CMV virus is unlikely to remain dormant – it will likely become active.

A couple of days ago, you may remember, I had a bit of a temperature – went to the hosp, had bloods, all seemed fine – except ….

the test for CMV takes a couple of days to come through.

Today the results came through. Positive. I have the virus.

I think this is a good thing. You only (usually) ever get it once in your life and then you are immune to it – even though the virus will remain dormant. It is treatable either by pills or intraveneously. I am having a go at the pills.

As I had an 80% of getting the thing anyway – at least now I can stop looking out for the signs of it – at least now I know that I have had it – oh, and now I know what caused my temperature of a couple of days ago.

So, unaccustomed as I am to rejoice in contracting a new virus, I think I can say on this one – I Got You Babe – now let’s move on.