Today Don has an appointment with yet ANOTHER doctor! Good Grief~!! I think I have lost count of all his doctors.. Let's see, he has a General Practitioner, a TEAM of Hepatologist's, a Liver Transplant Specialist and now a Hematologist! He has to be tested for Lupus. Apparently, he has a auto immune marker that is 640. Normal is 140.
He is also going to another clinic for his pre-op blood work. His platelet count has been low - last testing at 66,000 (normal 140,000 to 400,000) and he may need to have a transfusion prior to this Thursdays surgery on his throat. This will be the first of several surgeries he has to have to band off the bulging blood vessels in his esophagus. We are hoping to be able to get them all banded off by the end of March. He is being considered for an experimental treatment that begins in March and cannot be on treatment and have these surgeries simultaneously. If he tests positive for Lupus.. the treatment route can completely change... which is something we are pretty used to now.