Friday, April 3, 2009

Tulane Cancer Center yesterday- SYNCOPE

Hello, friends and family:

As expected, things are starting to happen.

Yesterday, we met with Dr. Safah and Amy, the Stem Cell Transplant Coordinator.  They ordered more blood work and filled us in on their tentative plans.  

After they see Dom's bloodwork from yesterday (assuming his Myeloma Cells are gone), they will meet and make up a "calendar".

Amy will then take over, ordering the following tests to be done at Tulane:

*10 vials of blood to check status of kidneys, liver, lungs, bone marrow and any infectious disease.  *Chest x-ray   *Pulmonary Function Test  *EKG  *MUGA (measures heart function) *CT checking to make certain there are no new tumors  *Bone Marrow Biopsy (making certain all malignant cells are gone)  *Meeting with Psychologist to make certain that he's emotionally ready for this  *Meeting with Social Worker to make certain that he has a   *Central Line will be put in his chest by a surgeon for collection of stem cells, chemo, IV and finally implant of stem cells

His transplant MUST take place within 30 days of these tests.  Otherwise, it'll all have to be done again.

So, I'm guessing that we're looking at about 6 weeks.... if that.


One thing MIGHT throw a wrench into the plans.  Dr. Safah was quite concerned about Dom's "SYNCOPE" episode at the Hard Rock Casino.  Wants our Dr. Culasso to do a "SYNCOPE WORK-UP" on him.  This will entail a cardiologist, no doubt.  We have an appointment on Wed. afternoon with our dear Doc. C.


Here's what Dr. Nanette has come up with.  The 2 fainting episodes were almost identical:

Alot of SUN during the day, followed by a bunch of beer, on top of blood pressure medication that has been known to sometimes goof up the heart and it's pumping of blood.   (Just found that on Web MD)  I don't believe that there's anything wrong with his heart.  The scenarios were the same.  Time will tell.


Happy Friday, gang.

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