I received the thumbs up from Jas, my consultant, this evening to say that the biopsy of lung tissue they took during the bronchoscopy yesterday shows no signs of rejection. This is, as you can imagine, a huge relief and means I am on track for home release by the weekend. The one remaining issue is the fluid on my right lung which they will aspirate using a needle tomorrow morning. They use an ultrasound probe to identify the exact spot and then, with some local anaesthetic thank god, stick in a needle through my back/side and suck it out. Bit of a daunting prospect...
Generally today I have felt loads better. The sickness has pretty much gone, my FOB quotient (Full Of Beans) has been high and I have eaten my food, done 10 mins warm up and then a hard 15 mins on the exercise bike and have walked around the circuit of the ward about 20 times.
I also received a touching visit from two of the CF consultants and the specialist CF nurse all of whom have looked after me so well over the last few years. They were so obviously thrilled to see me looking well - I guess it must be a satisfying end to their job of keeping me fit and alive until it's time for transplant. (is that like a very serious Time for Trumpton do you think?) I now won't see the CF team except annually for a review and check up. Day to day care will be through the Transplant Continuing Care Unit.
Finally I received a further slew of cards today and I would like to thank you all once again for your time and generosity in sending these much appreciated missives. I think for some it is the first letter they have written for years - long may letter writing continue! (he says writing a blog...)
Thanks for your continued blog support - good night for now.
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