- Posted December 12, 2012 by
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9-Month Post-Surgery Follow-Up
Tuesday I visited my primary care physician and pulmonologist Dr. Ajay Deshpande for my 9-month follow-up to my surgery at the end of March. The prognosis was good.
The doctor did an x-ray and compared it to the last x-ray from July. There was no change. There was the scar tissue evident, but no new signs of infection or anything that may be of concern. The x-rays were identical. This is good news.
Because I've had some fever over the last few months since my September check-up and with us entering into winter, as a precaution, the doctor did prescribe an antibiotic to be taken to prevent any infection or even a cold from taking hold or stop any infection that may have begun. This was also in response to the increased coughing spells and production of thick white discharge from the lungs.
What was a concern is my weight loss. Since Thanksgiving, I have lost another 4 pounds. I am now down to 145. Following my surgery I had managed to gain back part of the 30-35 pounds I had lost last fall and the first of the year. I had gained back up to 156 pounds by my September appointment. From September until now, I have lost 11 pounds. To counter, the doctor has me drinking a nutritional supplement each day. Not sure how well the flavored milk-like drink will do, but if it stops the weight loss, I'm all for it. We will see.
In light of the possible onset of an infection and the weight loss, the doctor wants to see me again in six weeks. That means it's back to his office on January 22. This after a 3-month break from follow-ups from September to December.
My appetite remains good. I am eating well (at least well for me). Yet, the weight keeps falling off. At least my fear of a new infection in my lungs or a spot showing up to indicate something more dreadful was laid to rest yesterday.
While I am somewhat buoyed by the news from the doctor yesterday, it does little to allay the trepidation and apprehension as we continue to plunge over our own personal fiscal cliff. It is difficult to keep the rosy outlook.