Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The results are in...

I called the rheumatology office earlier today and then anxiously waited for the call back from the doctor.

All labs came back "normal". The only one to come back abnormal was the ANA screening. This is the same one that initially came back positive and started this journey. She said it came back with a higher tiger than before. And she will be mailing me a copy of the results so I can see them.

Then she brought up something interesting. She mentioned the fact that The Princess has has a few IVIG treatments. Those are made up of immunoglobins from donors. Lots of donors. Donors that could potentially be positive for ANA tests. Her thought is that The Princess could just be showing positive due to some donor who is positive.

I asked how long she would need to go without IVIG in order to get a true measurement of her ANA. She said it would take 3-4 months to see true results without IVIG. So far we have only gone 3 weeks from treatment 1 to treatment 2. And 2 months between treatments 2 and 3.

And she is looking pretty bruised again. We are 3 weeks post treatment this time around. I am going to take her for lab work soon to see how much she dropped from last week.

So, we watch and wait. If the ITP is still around at 6 months post dx, which will be in October, then I will lean toward a true positive ANA. We will just keep an eye on her and see how things go.

The results from today give me HOPE. And I like hope.

*Disclaimer: I am a mom of a T1 Diabetic child and a child with ITP/Asthma/Dysphagia. I am NOT a doctor. I just play one in real life. Please do not take anything in this post or any other post on this blog as medical advice. If you have questions or concerns of your own, please seek advice from your doctor.*


Alexis Nicole said...

That's great Tracey! Praying that's what it is. Hope her numbers stay up and you can catch a break! ((Hugs))

Lora said...

So glad for you guys Tracy :)

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